Midland - O2 Academy 25th May 2022

13 Jun 2022

Midland - O2 Academy 25th May 2022

A triumphant return to the UK for the Texan band after a 4 year absence.

Texan country outfit Midland were throughout the United Kingdom for a tour and stopped by at Glasgows O2 Academy, but only after 4 times of asking due to personal reasons and later the coronavirus pandemic, which brought total disruption to the music industry as a whole.

Originally meant to be played on December 2019, the first show was pushed back to March in 2020 due to the birth of frontman Mark Wystrach child, then the world went into lockdown which caused another 2 postponements, they rescheduled to 2022 with a "Lets try this again!" tour but guiarist Jess Carsons positive COVID test threatned to push the tour back once again, however fellow Texan Jonathan Terrell provided cover for Carson and the tour was given the green light to go ahead.

The band were due to perform their final gig of the tour in Glasgow on 25th May, and O2 Academy was near full capacity on the night, the setting and atmosphere at the venue was just like your typical country music event, with people wearing cowboy hats and some even having a dram of whisky, everyone was psyched and looking forward to the show.

Support for the main act came from Desure, who at one time was Midlands manager, delivering honky tonk melodies to the crowd and warming them up for what was to come.

Midland came on half an hour later to a rapturous welcome from the audience, beginning their huge 23 song set on the night, containing songs from their new album "The Last Resort: Greetings From", a handful of covers as well as some of their greatest hits.

Electric Rodeo, Out of Sight and Burn Out were the first few songs that was played, bringing the sound of traditional country music to the spectators and the performance was off to a great start, frontman Mark Wystrach spoke of his relief that they were finally able to perform in the UK after 4 years of call-offs.

After a few of their original songs was played such as Mr Lonley, Playboys and Sunrise Tells The Story, a cover of Garth Brooks 1989 hit Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) was played to the audience , the first of many covers on the night, the audience was loving everything on show and Wystrach and his colleagues were enjoying the atmosphere, this is why bands all over the word love coming to Glasgow.

Cheatin Songs and At Then Some followed before another cover was played, this time it was Eddie Rabbitts Drivin My Life Away, afterwards a few songs from the new album were performed, Adios Cowboy, Longneck Way To Go and Last Resort.

Bruce Springsteens Tougher Than The Rest followed, the Put The Hurt On Me and and Jerry Reids East Bound and Down was played before an encore occurred, of course during this brief period, the audience were stomping for more songs.

The band returned to play their biggest hit Drinkin Problem then Fourteen Gears from the album Let it Roll followed up shortly afterwards, the band then finished off with several more covers, Tom Pettys Mary Janes Last Dance and finally Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen, “GLASGOW!!!” shouted Mark as the gig came to its conclusion, the band then waved their goodbyes to the crowd while Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond played in the background.

They say good things come to those who wait, and the band delivered on this occasion, bringing an end to their UK tour in style.

A full photo gallery of the gig can be found via the link below, all photos by Stewart Fullerton.

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