Scottish legend joins stars of the future for sublime gig
It’s difficult to think of any Scottish band who could headline an occasion such as this.
Clad in a red-flared suit, Bobby Gillespie commands the stage and band behind him like a general – albeit one with long hair and five o’clock shadow .
Early into Scream’s set he dedicates Shoot Speed/ Kill Light to Dundee hero Billy Mckenzie. What a shame someone with Mckenzies’ artistic vision is not here to see the transformation of his city – from post-industrial punchline to Scotland’s cultural epicentre.
Lambie’s art work shines a backdrop to Scream, illustrating songs like Swastika Eyes with prescient style and acid house hits like Come Together seamlessly.
Kicking off a party of this scale should be difficult, but Be Charlotte did so with aplomb.
Wearing the sparkliest outfit this side of the Atlantic, Charlotte pranced about the stage like a headliner.
Encouraging the assembling crowd to dance, she led her four-piece band of drums, bass and guitar through her half-hour set with the confidence of an artist with twice as much experience.
Thousands gathered early to catch a glimpse of this rising star.
Lewis Capaldi banters with the crowd, telling the audience he “absolutely loves museums”, before adding, playfully, “if you don’t love chubby guys singing sad songs, then I’m afraid you’re not going to enjoy this set”.
With Scotland celebrating its Year of Young People, it is a genuine pleasure watching two future superstars perform on such a large scale at such a young age.