Friday, 21 June 2013

GIG REVIEW: Slow Club & French Wives at Britannia Panopticon 18.06.2012

Having already been to a gig in a disused swimming pool this year for a venue to really my attention it'd have to be a bit special and that's exactly what the Britannia Panopticon is. Situated on Glasgow's Trongate the Panopticon is the world's oldest surviving music hall and the special Lumia Live sessions gig was the first music event of its kind in the venue since it was rediscovered at the turn of millenium. This could just be the beginning of a beautiful thing.
Photo by Warren Media
The openers on the night were Glasgow's French Wives, who are slowly coming back onto the scene after having busily been writing a new album recently, and their return is greatly welcomed as they're extremely talented. Noted as fans of the Panopticon they're as stoked as all in attendance to be at the venue and their soft indie-pop sits very well in the surroundings. We are treated to one of the new tracks that the band have been working on and getting to experience it with such a quiet audience in a historic setting makes it sound even better. The future is definitely looking bright for these guys and the hit single 'Halloween' ends their short set on a wonderful note.

Photo by Warren Media
Following the local openers the night's headliners are Sheffield's Slow Club, who treat the lucky crowd in attendance to a set of old favourites and new never before heard tracks from their forthcoming album. This special acoustic set takes music back to its bare bones and shows the sheer talent of Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson. Highlights from their forthcoming Grammy Award winning new album include tentatively titled 'Fucking Feelings' and the banter is top notch, ranging from childhood photographs to Liberace. It's an incredible show made more special by the venue and there's no doubt that this band will continue to deliver incredible music and powerful performances. 

This is a gig I won't be forgetting in a hurry, the special setting and the incredible performances made for a truly wonderful evening. And a free bar certainly only added to that.  If you get the chance to go to a Nokia Lumia Live event in your city then I wholeheartedly advise that you take it as you'll be treated to something that'll give you a whole new appreciation of music as well as historic venues.

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