ALTHOUGH the grandiose and historic surroundings of Glasgow’s St Luke’s is accustomed to playing host to artists from around the world, there is always a palpable air of excitement when their renowned All-Dayer lies before us. Due to its vast size, large capacity and well-earned reputation as one of the city’s finest music venues, it would be easy for the mixture of established and hotly-tipped talent to be daunted by the sense of occasion but time and time again they rise up to the challenge. In this sense, St Luke’s All Dayer acts as a proving ground for the new crop of artists that will soon be vying for position with the imports and hometown heroes that the venue’s illustrious main hall plays host to. With that in mind, here’s our rundown of the sets that it would be remiss of you to overlook when Sunday’s festivities get underway.
Holy Esque announced their long-awaited return earlier this year with the release of their second album Television/Sweet. Led by the gravelly tones of Pat Hynes, the Glasgow band are back to their best with more emotionally-charged anthems to add to their impressive repertoire. Undoubtedly the star attraction of the day, this will be a brilliant chance to see the post-punk outfit in all their glory in front of a hometown crowd.
Rising to the forefront of Glasgow’s thriving punk scene, The Dunts have gone from ambitious upstarts to near veterans of the local live circuit in little over a year. Arguably one of the city’s most sought-after young outfits, the four-piece have played gigs all over Scotland and the UK this year and their momentum shows no signs of slowing down. Known to incite rabid chaos at each live show, they are sure to attract legions of devoted fans to Saint Luke’s next week.
In under a year, Beta Waves have gone from playing to small rooms made up mostly of friends to having a summer packed full of live dates up and down the country. They may not have arrived as the full package but there’s no questioning the duo’s raw ingenuity and massive potential. Taking influence from modern psych bands such as Tame Impala, Jagwar Ma and MGMT, recent singles ‘I Think I’m Melting’ and ‘Let It Out’ are indicative of a very bright future ahead and are sure to go down a storm with the Glasgow audience.
Hailing from Falkirk, Pleasure Heads are gaining notoriety with each riotous live performance. Already adored in the nation’s music capital, the band lace their indie-rock anthems with post-punk undertones and so far, the results have been nothing short of tremendous. They may only have two singles out in ‘Middle Man’ and ‘Concrete Lips’ but we’re on tenterhooks as to what may come next from this fiercely talented outfit. Their set is not to be missed.
The Saint Luke’s All Dayer will mark a return to the fray for Paisley outfit SWAY. After witnessing them rise through the ranks of the nation’s music scene with a series of well-received gigs and emphatic singles such as ‘To Be A Man’ and ‘Planet Earth’, 2018 has been a quieter affair for the band but we’re excited to see what comes next as their potential knows no bounds. Expect big choruses, infectious riffs and plenty of charisma.
The proponents of a transfixing sonic brew that is never lacking in ingenuity, Medicine Men’s stock continues to rise and shows no signs of diminishing. After delivering one of the finest and most cohesive debut albums of any Scottish band in recent memory on ‘Into The Light’, to say that this album never quite received the plaudits that its abundant charms deserved would be an understatement but they were nevertheless undeterred and its tracks took on a new life in the live arena. Following a cathartic show at Nice N Sleazy’s during this year’s Stag & Dagger which seemed to reaffirm all of their hard work, the band have kept the momentum high throughout the summer and are sure to bring an immersive performance to the Winged Ox Stage on Sunday.
When Shredd thoroughly exploded onto the Glasgow music scene’s collective consciousness with debut EP Every Time We Meet I Want To Die, it became all too clear that this is a band with a wealth of potential at their disposal and the drive to capitalise on it. In the time that’s elapsed, they’ve released music at a near prolific rate and continued to expand their palette with each release. Now in the lead-up to their latest collection Eat Your Enemy’s emergence in the world, this riveting trio will bring their ferocious take on punk rock to a crowd of devotees and new converts alike and you’d best believe that they’ll leave the latter awestruck by the sheer power that they generate.
Check out all of the relevant set times for Sunday’s festivities below now: