BBC Radio 6 Music Festival with Father John Misty, The Wedding Present at Tramway, 26/3/17

Taking place on the final day of the BBC 6 Music Festival, the Sunday afternoon sun-soaked crowd is in good spirits despite the heavy weekend.

Tramway holds host to the festival’s daytime activities, working as a record and craft fair as well as a platform for BBC Radio DJs to host their shows live on air.

In terms of live performance, the gathered crowd are treated to Leeds veterans The Wedding Present, who deliver a storming set in-between their 30th-anniversary tour of their seminal debut album George Best and last year’s Going, Going….

The “Weddos” deliver a short, sharp, shock to the system with their post-punk tendencies, mixing old with new to a crowd largely made up of football fans awaiting Scotland’s game at Hampden Park later that evening.

Opening with new song ‘Bear’ the band dip their toes into their back-catalogue over the half an hour, with a particular emphasis on George Best tracks ‘My Favourite Dress’ and ‘Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft’.

Ultimately, this is exactly the wake-up call needed for the crowd on a Sunday afternoon of anticipation.

Following them is Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty, whose sarcastic, dark sense of humour has gained him a fair bit of notoriety in recent months.

Today he brings all of that, but in the context of his live show, it all makes perfect sense in relation to his songs, which today all feature from his upcoming record, Pure Comedy, and his simply him accompanied by a pianist.

Tillman’s new material continues his themes of ironic self-deprecation, but this time in the context of his home country’s newly elected, potentially warmongering, president.

One can see the cool irony of Obama-era hipster bands peeling away during this set, as Tillman takes a scathing swipe at his country’s administration on tracks such as ‘Things It Would Be Helpful to Know Before the Revolution’.

Elsewhere, Tillman treats (or tortures) us to a 13-minute guitar ballad epic on ‘Leaving LA’ where he addresses his recent “fame” and while other crowds may not be so forgiving, todays feel good natured in Glasgow’s Southside giving him a pass, keeping the crowd right there with him.

As a result, Tillman responds with a song “he never plays live” in his pure pop single ‘Real Love Baby’, which the crowd reciprocates with a sing-a-long.

Overall, then, today is a wonderful addition to the festival hanging out in close quarters with musicians, radio DJs and music lovers in the sunny “Hidden Garden” of Tramway, in what has been an excellent weekend for music in Glasgow.

Words: Adam Turner-Heffer
Photos: BBC/Tricia Yourkevich

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