Hinterland (4 stars)


Various venues, Glasgow, Sat 3 Apr

Perhaps the life of music festivals should be measured in dog years, in which case this one-ticket, multi-venue affair, returning for a second year albeit reduced to one day long, makes it a rowdy teenager. Over six busy venues – seven if you count both stages at the Arches – there were thirty artists in nine hours, most of them of the guitar-wielding variety.

Among the notables were Panda Su, the Fife singer-songwriter in cute panda facepaints whose set of melancholy acoustic longing at Pivo Pivo was standing room only, or the garage-heavy Pulled Apart By Horses, whose singer Tom Hudson finished the set windmilling on the Admiral’s floor. Over at the Arches – HQ for the night once the smaller venues had resumed their regular service – big draws Mystery Jets and British Sea Power were beaten in the quirky indie stakes by Jeffrey Lewis (pictured, below). The New Yorker played a solo set which featured film of his comic book animations set to music, before DJs from Hot Chip and Friendly Fires showed up to put such feyness to bed in energising style. To reach middle age next year would be well deserved.


  • 4 stars

The music festival returns to venues across the city with Mystery Jets, British Sea Power, Jeffrey Lewis, Friendly Fires (DJ set), Joe Goddard Hot Chip (DJ set), Hot Club de Paris, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Fenech Soler, Johnny Foreigner, French Wives, Ambulances, Kitty the Lion, Midnight Lion, Make Sparks…

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