Concerts For Early In 2021 In Doubt?

This was posted a short time ago by promoters Regular Music on their Facebook page.

One can’t help but wonder if it is the first of many for next year’s gigs. And, as a truly sad indicator of where we are at, the concert been rescheduled but cancelled outright.

Simple Minds rescheduled their April Hydro gig to February next year. At the time of rescheduling, it seemed a far enough distance that things would have improved and that we’d have observed enough measures to get this virus to “jog on” but as the New Year gets closer, the cancelling of gigs feels inevitable.

“Embrace the suck” you say, Jim?! I’ve got to say that on one had I truly understand what you are saying with this term – but it doesn’t lend itself to being the most empathetic phrase.

The arts and entertainment sector is ON ITS KNEES. For many in the sector I’m sure “embrace the suck” is the last thing they want to hear.

Review: Massive Attack – SSE Hydro, Glasgow – Jan 28th, 2019

First gig of the year could not have been more epic and compelling.

Due on stage at 8.30pm but fashionably late – the lights in the Hydro switched off about 8.45. The crowd went nuts… but they made us wait just a bit longer.

Incredible from the get go. You’d have thought someone just put the CD on over the speaker system… but no. Apart from some parts (loops, etc) that I assume are a backing track… it was all live. Two drummers! Love it!

Horace Andy performed tracks. And for a 67 year old man, he’s sounding great and still got the moves.

Several songs in, and out comes the Indie/New Wave Queen of Grangemouth… ladies and gentlemen, Ms Elizabeth Frazer. Of course she got a huge, rapturous welcome.

She performed Black Milk and the crowd went nuts after.

I’m not overly familiar with Mezzanine as an album… but they were performing tracks in a mixed up order.

A small pause after about 75 minutes on stage, and back they come with Horace Andy to perform a stonking version of Angel. And then the roof gets blown off the Hydro as Liz comes back out on stage and the opening chords to Teardrop start.

I’ve never heard a reaction like it after the song was done. I’m surprised it wasn’t a standing ovation, frankly.

A stunning gig. Great visuals. Some not easy to take. Text on screen. Thought-provoking messages. Almost like being at a live Adam Curtis screening.

I loved every second of it. And I definitely want to see them again.

I was a bit of the way up, so I don’t have the best pics, but here are a couple. I grabbed video footage of Angel but will have to share that when I’m back home, I think.

What an opener to the year!