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Razorlight - Barrowland Ballroom

"One of the most popular acts of the 2000s return to Glasgow"


Review by Craig McGee
Posted on 2019-12-11 09:00:10
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Razorlight is an act that many indie rock fans will need no introduction, whether they like or loath them, but you cannot deny they were one of the most popular acts of the era of indie rock music. The band recently announced a full December UK tour and of course one of their destinations was Glasgow, at the iconic Barrowland Ballroom.

Razorlight was formed in 2002 by Johnny Borrell who beforehand performed with the likes of The Libertines as a singer and songwriter. The band reached their commercial prime in the mid noughties, where many fellow indie bands of that era such as Embrace, Libertines, Kaiser Cheifs, The Fratellis, The Killers, The Bravery, Franz Ferdinand, The Automatic and Arctic Monkeys were dominating the UK charts. They scored hits with the releases of Somewhere Else, In The Morning and of course their best known song, America, which topped the UK charts. The band split in 2014 before reforming again in 2017, releasing new material in their latest album Olympus Sleeping in 2018.

Two acts were supporting Razorlight on the night, the highly anticipated Scottish singer Calum Beattie started things off, then London based Indian Queens followed soon afterwards to get the crowd warmed up for the main act, the lead singer then stopped and said to the audience "Glasgow, I fucking love this venue!", which is of course what most bands say when they play in a venue as iconic as Barrowlands.

9:15pm and Razorlight came on stage, with Johnny Borrell and his bandmates showing energy, determination and enthusiasm throughout the show, with Borrell knocking over his microphone stand seconds into the concert, refusing to pick it back up as they performed their first song of the night Back to the Start, this followed with one of their biggest hits In The Morning then Stumble and Fall, Barrowlands was packed to capacity and the jubliant audience joined in with the lyrics when Golden Touch was played soon after, the vibe and atmosphere was electric and the band were enjoying every minute of it. Every act is always guaranteed a good time at a Glasgow show, whatever act the crowd are happy to see them, which is the reason despite the opening of The Event Complex in Aberdeen, Glasgow is where the action is for live music in Scotland.

After an encore the band returned with Olympus Sleeping and finishing off with their biggest hit, America.

You may compare Razorlight to Marmite, some people like them, some people dont, but they put on an incredible show on Monday. It may have not been as electric or as messy as The Libertines a few nights before (review of that one coming shortly), but people still left Barrowlands happy.

After Glasgow, the band travel to Liverpool on December 10th before heading to Margate, Oxford and performing their last gig of 2019 in London. In 2020 they will provide support for The Kaiser Chiefs with performances in Cardiff, Hull, Edinburgh, Blackpool, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Brighton and Dublin before returning to London.

You can find a full gallery by clicking the link below, all photographs courtesy of Stewart Fullerton Photography.


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