Were you there? Five of the best Richard Youngs performances
- Stewart Smith
- 27 March 2014
The mercurial underground legend has made a career out of unique gigs - here are our top 5
For the Glasgow Open House Festival, underground legend Richard Youngs will undertake a three-night residency at a secret venue, concluding with a DJ set of his new electronic material. A mercurial talent who has dabbled in avant-folk, industrial noise, prog-rock and synth-pop, Youngs is a gloriously unpredictable live performer. Here are five of our favourite Youngs happenings
The Old Angel, Nottingham, 1990
One of Young's earliest solo gigs (supporting underground crucible the A-Band) saw him reading out the text of 171 used train tickets. 'It felt like a cool idea', he reflected in the sleeve notes of the limited edition live album, 'they seemed to enjoy it'.
Instal, The Arches, Glasgow, 2004
A soaring a cappella expansion of 'Life On A Beam', the visionary psychedelic hymn which opens his 2006 classic The Naïve Shaman. Sublime.
Subcurrents, CCA, Glasgow, 2010
While performing his glorious collection of DIY electro-pop pastorals, Beyond the Valley of the Ultrahits, Youngs led a crowd of underground music fans in an unlikely singalong.
The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, 2012
Three short sets: a vocal and shakuhachi incantation, the playback of some early recordings, and, most memorably, the live debut of Rotten Masters, his weirdo-punk duo with long-time co-conspirator Andrew Paine. While Youngs barked over an electronic d-beat, Paine coaxed Van Halen wails from an iPhone app, throwing appropriate guitar hero shapes.
The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 2013
As a Christmas gift to Glasgow, Youngs performed his 1988 solo debut Advent on a stage festooned with fairy lights.
Richard Youngs plays at a secret location (revealed only to ticket holders), Glasgow, Tue 15–Thu 17 Apr, as part of Open House.