Magners Summer Nights Electric Honey Sessions

Electric Honey is an institution of the Glasgow music scene; founded in 1992 at Glasgow’s Kelvin College it helped launch the careers of bands like Belle and Sebastian and Biffy Clyro.

Today’s event was organised by the current Music Business students who are continuing under the Electric Honey name.

Today’s lineup reads like a Buzzfeed list of exciting Scottish acts right now; acoustic sets from Finn LeMarinel and Mayor Stubbs, the country/big band feel of Woodenbox and the pop tinged Young Aviators all set the scene perfectly for tonight’s headliners, Fatherson and We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Not to forget the fantastic Harry and the Hendersons, who end up playing 10 minutes longer than planned, which was more than ok with the audience.

Finn LeMarinel is a surprising highlight, his delicate songwriting could easily have been lost in such an open space, however his emotive vocals and sombre tone set a perfect benchmark for the later bands to match.

Woodenbox take to the stage just as the weather starts to take a turn for the worse and do a great job of keeping the sizeable audience entertained.

Set highlight ‘Hang The Noose’ sees their brass section lead the masses in an impromptu dance to left everyone’s spirits.

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Fatherson have taken the UK by storm since the release of their debut full length I am an Island, and the band is in a jubilant mood having recently signed to Easy Life Records/Sony and about to begin work on their second album.

Without a doubt a lot of the crowd tonight are here to see them play a hometown show – and no one is left disappointed.

Ross Leighton’s vocals sound great, while oldie ‘James’ and single ‘Mine For Me’ are noticeably good.

Anyone involved in the music scene in Glasgow can tell you how hard Fatherson have worked to get to where they are now, they truly deserve the favourable position they are in.

It might be mid festival season, but the band show no signs of fatigue as they play one banger after another to a rapturous reception.

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By the end of their set it almost feels like the end of the evening, that we had already seen the headline act, but thankfully We Were Promised Jetpacks are still to come.

Jetpacks have been on the cusp on greatness for years and they are starting to live up to the hype and then some.

Strangely, they have found immediate success in the US and often tour there just as much as the UK.

Their new material seems to sit perfectly next to fan favourites, like ‘Quiet Little Voices’, as Jetpacks demonstrate a great knack of developing a sombre tone with memorable melodies that has seen them become a favourite for many in Glasgow.

All in all a fantastic night and a great showcase of musical talent; here’s to many more years of great Scottish music being played in the great Scottish outdoors.

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Words: Andy McGonigle
Photos: Derek Robertson

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