Live review: Sunday at O2 Academy, BBC 6 Music Festival 2017
Belle and Sebastian bring an excellent weekend celebrating music in Glasgow to a close
Coming on the final night of a wonderful weekend for music in Glasgow (and weather, surprisingly) it is only fitting that Belle and Sebastian get to close the BBC 6 Music festival and celebrate their home in the process. Before that, however, relative newcomers Julia Jacklin and Whitney showcase to an audience who perhaps wouldn't know them otherwise.
Jacklin, who opens tonight's show, has perhaps travelled further than anyone else for the festival, as the Sydney-based singer-songwriter isn't currently on tour. There are no signs of jetlag from Jacklin or her band, however, as they provide a gorgeous set which builds from moody, soulful alt-country on 'Don't Let the Kids Win' and eventually fizzes up to rocking indie pop on 'Coming of Age' and an impressive cover of The Strokes' 'Someday'.
Chicago's Whitney similarly brings a joyful afro-beat to proceedings including debuting a cover of 70's Dutch soul band Lion's 'You've Got a Woman' before closing with recent single 'No Woman' which gets the sold-out crowd moving.
Belle and Sebastian barely need introducing, but they are on fine form as ever tonight closing the festival in their hometown. A reoccurring theme over the weekend has been bands and artists thanking BBC 6 Music as a platform, with Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch being no different given the station has helped protect their worthy musical legacy. One only needs to see the reaction (and resulting stage invasion from the crowd) during their seminal classic 'The Boy with the Arab Strap' to see the love affair between Glasgow and music is alive and well.
BBC 6 Music Festival 2017 can be watched on BBC iPlayer. Belle and Sebastian play TRNSMT festival in July, Whitney and Julia Jacklin play Field Day in June.