“What’s going on out on Union Street? Everyone is going crazy tonight,” asked Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble after taking to the stage last night.
The North Ayrshire singer seemed to be unaware of the May Bank Holiday celebrations inspiring people to party in the Granite City – but there were festivities going on inside the Music Hall too.
This was a joyous trip back through time – a journey through the discography of one of Scotland’s finest alternative rock bands.
Roddy and his troops showed that, even 24 years after they formed in Edinburgh, they can still mosh out to punk-inspired songs such as When I Argue I See Shapes, and Everyone Says You’re So Fragile, bringing the crowd along with every beat.
The indie-rock tunes got the biggest cheers of the night, with You Held the World In Your Arms and Roseability going down well. But for me, this band will also be held dearest for their melancholic anthems, and those on display tonight were quite wonderfully performed, including El Capitan, American English and set closer In Remote Part/Scottish Fiction.
Hot on the heels of news Bastille will be coming in December, this show was another triumph for the Music Hall.
One poignant moment to mention was Idlewild’s rendition of Heads Roll Off in memory of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison – a touching tribute on a special evening.