Brownbear have had a superb year, the Ayrshire band have supported The Libertines at both their sold-out Barrowlands and Hyde Park shows as well as playing a number of festivals around Scotland during the summer, tonight they play Stereo before heading off to support The Libertines on their European tour.
“Here we go” shouts lead Matt Hickman five-minutes into their set, before breaking into personal favourite ‘Soul Searching’.
The atmosphere in Stereo tonight is amazing, both the crowd and band are really enjoying themselves; this is made clear by the amount of foot tapping and swaying going on, Hickman doesn’t really need to ask the crowd if “everyone having a good time?” but expectedly his question is answered by resounding cheers.
The band welcome tonight’s first guest Vukovi’s Janine Shilstone to the stage, Shilstone’s voice is enchanting and fits nicely with Hickman’s; filling the room with beautiful harmonies – a little different from the rest of tonight’s set but nevertheless a welcomed addition.
Next up Hector Bizerk’s Louie takes to the stage, I have been lucky enough to see Louie live a few times with the other half of Hector Bizerk as well as collaborating with other Scottish artists, it is always incredible to see him giving it his all and managing to fit hip-hop in unexpected places; tonight is no exception.
Louie leaves the crowd blown away but still excited for what is left to come and the rest of the band leave Hickman on the stage to be joined by tonight’s final guest, The View’s Kyle Falconer.
Falconer and Hickman slow things down by playing a stunning version of The View’s popular song ‘Face for The Radio’, which gets the whole room singing.
Brownbear and their guests have truly succeeded in making this evening’s show a memorable one.
The rest of the band join Hickman back on stage to finish off their set and are greeted by plenty of cheers from what has become a very lively and vocal crowd ready to give it their all during the last two songs.
However by the end of the final song the crowd are still not quite ready to call it a night and let the band know by chanting for more, Brownbear are more than happy to oblige and the crowd go wild as the band return to the stage showing their gratitude by clapping and dancing along till the very end.
Words: Jess Lavin
Photos: Bill Gray