CHVRCHES – Barrowland Glasgow 10th June 2023
Glasgow Barrowland, affectionately known as “The Barras,” holds an iconic status in the realm of live music venues. With its indomitable spirit and unique charm, this cherished institution has captivated the hearts of countless international artists and earned the unwavering loyalty of music enthusiasts far and wide. In this article, we’ll explore the storied history, unforgettable performances, and the enduring legacy of Barrowland Ballroom, tonight was no difference the Ballroom add two more names to it legendary performance with the CHVRCHES and Dead Pony.
The opening act of the show featured a highly anticipated Scottish band that is destined for greatness. They certainly did not disappoint, delivering an unforgettable performance that had the Barrowland audience fully engaged from the very beginning. The band, led by the talented Anna Shields, immediately captured the attention of the crowd with their commanding stage presence and powerful set.
Kicking off with “Bullet Farm,” Anna took centre stage and worked the crowd with her captivating energy, drawing the audience in with every move. The packed venue was filled with enthusiastic fans who were eager to experience the band’s electrifying sound. Despite the heat and the crowd, the band continued to deliver a set that was both intense and exhilarating.
One of the standout moments of the performance was the band’s cover of Nelly Furtado’s “Maneater.” The band put their own unique spin on the song, delivering a stunning rendition that left the crowd cheering for more. Throughout their short set, the band kept the momentum going with hits like “MK Nothing,” “Rainbows,” and “Mana,” which had fans jumping up and down and creating an incredible atmosphere.
Anna, in particular, proved to be an exceptional frontwoman, delivering a powerful vocal performance and commanding the stage with her dynamic presence. The band concluded their set with the crowd-pleasing “All Dressed Up,” “Zero,” and “23 Never Me,” leaving the audience buzzing with excitement.
This band is certainly one to watch, with a sound that is both unique and captivating. They have the potential to make a big impact in the music world, and audiences should make a point to catch them at avenue near them before they inevitably ascend to bigger stages across the country.
The vibrant city of Glasgow was buzzing with excitement as local heroes CHVRCHES returned to the Barrowland stage for the first of their two sold-out nights of the Screen Violence tour. The venue was packed with eager fans waiting to witness their favourite band in action. As the lights dimmed and the intro music echoed around the venue, the giant LED screen flashed, setting the tone for an electrifying performance.
The crowd erupted in cheers as Jonny Scott, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty appeared on stage, waving to the ecstatic Glasgow audience. The first sight of Lauren Mayberry, dressed in a stunning mirrored dress, sent the venue into a frenzy as the band kicked off the night with the catchy and infectious “He Said She Said“. Lauren’s twirls and movements across the stage had the audience captivated, singing and bouncing along to every beat.
As the night progressed, the band delighted the crowd with a diverse range of hits from the latest album, Screen Violence, and some old favourites. The audience’s energy was palpable as they sang along to hits like “Leave a Trace“, “How Not To Drown“, “Violent Delights“, and “Science / Visions“. The band’s passion and enthusiasm were evident in their performance, and the fans could see that they were enjoying every moment.
Despite the scorching weather outside, the packed venue was filled with fans who had travelled from all over the UK to see their beloved band in their hometown. The band continued with their incredible performance, delivering hits like “Miracle“, “Night Sky“, “Final Girl“, and “Recover” before closing the set with a bang with the epic “Never Say Die” from the Love Is Dead album.
The band left the stage, but the audience knew they would be back for an encore. The noise level rose as the band returned, and they kicked off the encore with the amazing “Asking from a Friend” for the Screen Violence, before treating the fans to an unforgettable performance of “The Mother We Share” from The Bones Of What You Believe. The band closed the show with the crowd-pleaser “Clearest Blue” from Every Open Eye.
The setlist was perfect, and the band’s performance was outstanding. The fans were overwhelmed with emotion, and you could see it on Lauren’s face as she was moved by the reaction of the crowd. The venue was filled with an incredible atmosphere, brought together by the band, their music, and the fans under one roof. This hometown show was indeed special, and it proved to be a night that the fans would cherish forever.
Review and Photographs by James Edmond