CONCERT REVIEW : Legendary Midge Ure Rocks Barrowland Glasgow in a Mesmerizing Concert Performance! 18th May 2023

Midge Ure – Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023

On Thursday night, the renowned Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow played host to the highly anticipated ‘Voice and Visions’ tour featuring the legendary Midge Ure. The evening proved to be an unforgettable musical experience, leaving the audience buzzing with excitement.

Adding to the already palpable energy of the night was the opening act, India Electric Co. Despite their seemingly simple name, this folk-style music band proved to be a revelation in their own right. Consisting of Cole Stacey, Joseph O’Keefe, and Midge Ure’s drummer Russell Field, India Electric Co’s performance was nothing short of mesmerizing. The band’s intricate arrangements, heartfelt lyrics, and exceptional musicianship left the audience spellbound.

Cole’s soaring vocals were a particular highlight, while Joseph’s violin added tonal colours to the sound, resulting in a unique and unforgettable experience. The band’s rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m on Fire was particularly mind-blowing, leaving the Glasgow audience in awe.

Even if you’re not an avid fan of folk-style music, India Electric Co’s captivating performances and exceptional talent are a must-see. If you missed out on their electrifying performance in Glasgow, don’t fret. You can still experience their exceptional talent by attending one of their live concerts or checking out their videos on YouTube. Regardless of how you choose to enjoy their music, India Electric Co’s outstanding musicianship is sure to leave you blown away.

  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • India Electric Co.  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023

The lights dimmed as the introductory music began to play, signalling the start of the performance of Dear God. The band took the stage, followed shortly by the appearance of the local boy, Midge Ure. Opening with a solo track that came to him in a dream, the energy within the venue surged as the audience sang along to the first single from Ure’s solo album, The Gift, titled If I Was. Ure delved into his back catalogue, treating the audience to a performance of the highly successful Fade To Grey, the most popular single by Visage.

One of the standout moments of the night was Ure’s rendition of No Regrets, a song famously sung by The Walker Brothers. Ure’s impeccable vocals had the crowd singing along, word for word. Several classic Ultravox songs followed, including The Voice, We Stand Alone, The Thin Wall, and I Remember (Death In The Afternoon). Ure’s voice was awe-inspiring, delivering each song with power and precision.

  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023
  • Midge Ure  - Barrowland Glasgow 18th May 2023

The set also included the Ultravox period tunes Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again), Reap The Wind, Mine For Life, We Came To Dance, and Serenade, leading up to the anthemic Hymn, a fan favorite. The performance concluded with Visions In Blue, which received amazing ovation.

As the band returned for the encore, the audience was treated to an instrumental performance of Astradyne, followed by a guitar solo of Flower of Scotland by Ure. The unmistakable beats that introduce Vienna brought the crowd to their feet, singing and dancing along to the classic hit. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes & All Stood Still kept the energy high, with Ure in his element and the band in full swing under the Barrowland lights and stars.

As the show came to a close, Ure thanked the audience for their support, stating that it was a special night of music. Having performed at the venue with Ultravox in the past, and now with his solo tour, Ure acknowledged the varied sides of his career that the venue has seen over the years. Ure expressed appreciation for the opportunity to perform in front of an audience again, after the pandemic halted live shows for several years. The night added to the magic of the venue, and Ure’s performance was deserving of another star on the famous ceiling.

Review Karen Edmond

Photographs James Edmond

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