CONCERT REVIEW : Idlewild – o2 Academy Glasgow 21st December 2022

Idlewild – o2 Academy Glasgow 21st December 2022

A wet night in the city, but this did not stop the fans from turning out to the sold-out show of Idlewild as they celebrate their Remote Part 20th Anniversary tour. Tonight, was going to be a special night,

The night never went as planned for the band due to not having their Remote Part back drop not been allowed to be displayed then technical issues with the guitar amp and pedals. This did not dampen the atmosphere as the audience were ready to party as the band celebrated the album and tour. After a short delay it was time to go as the first chords of Your Held the World in Your Arms the venue was in full voice singing along. As Roddy looked out into the distance to the rear of the venue as he could see a sea of people dancing and singing along. The atmosphere in the venue was amazing as the band worked its way through the album. A Modern Way of Letting Go raised the level of the energy from the band to the crowd,

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Roddy Woomble was on excellent form as the Glasgow audience and band came together to sing the classic song American English, Roddy took a break from singing to listen to the audience sing along. The passion in the crowd combined with the energy from the band was a match made in heaven.

The band were on top form ass the worked their way through the album playing Live in a Hiding Place. Out of Routine, Century after Century and the impressive Tell Me Ten Words. It was getting close for the fans to hear the title track In Remote Part / Scottish Fiction, as the opening chords rang out around the venue, it was that special moment.

The set was a great mix including the excellent Dream Variations, A Distant History and the Glasgow crowd was in full voice taking the roof off the venue with El Capitan before closing the set with the impressive Love Steals Us from Loneliness before the band left the stage for a noticeably short break.

As Roddy Woomble, Rod Jones, Colin Newton, Luciano Rossi, Andrew Mitchell and Allan Stewart returned to a heroes welcome the band performed a good selection of songs starting off with A Little Discourage from the 100 Broken Windows album, before performing the excellent When I argue I See Shapes from Hope Is Important Album. The audience enjoying every moment of the show knew it would not last all night that there would only be a few more to go. The band played the opening chords of Captain before finishing the set with A Film for the Future from Hope is Important album before thanking the Glasgow crowd and saying their goodbyes. This was a special one and everyone in the building knew it from the first technical issues this would not stop, and epic performance filled with energy and passion throughout the set. Tonight, this was not a night for letting go and night for bringing it altogether and delivering what was an enthusiastic night of music from Idlewild.

Review and photographs by James Edmond 

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