May bank holiday 2014 was the weekend of urban festivals and there was no way Glasgow was going to be left out. Stag & Dagger’s been a fixture of the city’s bustling music scene since 2009 spreading it’s wall of sound across top venues like Broadcast, Nice & Sleazy, The Art School, CCA and O2 ABC. This year TicketWeb got in on the act to takeover both stages of the O2 ABC. It’s only right and proper, after all, it’s just round the corner from our Glasgow office. What followed was an assault on the musical sense (in a good way) and an exercise in hedonistic box-ticking. In the O2 ABC alone we gorged on the talent of newcomers like Brooklyn’s electro-heartbreakers Wet and our drinking partners from this year’s Fly Awards – Fat White Family. Along side these young bucks the old guard maintained explosive form. The eternally exuberant Los Campsinos!, blue-collar-rock stalwarts The Hold Steady and the legendary Albert Hammond Junior were all in fine fettle.
This sort of thing is too much fun for us to be left alone with. So, to ensure we had some memento of the day, we invited one of the city’s finest photographers, Neil Jarvie, to take some shots. It’s his awesome handiwork that you can see below and it’s not just novelty pop musicians he’s been shooting – oh no. There are some lovely pics of the lovely Glasgow public we rubbed shoulders with!
The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn embraces the crowd.
Just before Albert Hammond Junior takes to the stage – you can cut the atmosphere with a knife. Sweet bass drum Albert.
Albert Hammond Jr. bathed in red light. Padded biker jacket – classic.
Kim Campesinos! twinkles the ivories. (No elephants were harmed in the manufacture of this keyboard).
Catfish & The Bottlemen’s Benji rips up the bass during “Fallout”.
Fat White Family’s Lias in sweaty mode. To be fair – it was bloody roasting.
Just 2 normal blokes out for a drink. Nuts, the pair of ’em.