Glasgow Green

The Delgados - on a stage far, far away

Following the mudbath that was T in the Park, Friday at Glasgow Green was more for sun-seekers than music fans. Meaning that Beck aside, the Delgados were the day's highlight. Their tried and tested run through "The Great Eastern" would, if performed by a 4-piece, have been lost in the vast expanses of the Green, but their massive array of backing musicians manages to fill the big stage and arena.

Talk about putting a dampener on things. Elastica clearly think it's ironic to now play 2 Wire cover versions as well as all the riffs they've stolen over the years. Justine even shouts that "Wire deserve the royalties" before launching into a lumpen "Connection". The messy excuse for a set doesn't hide their lack of talent any better than it did 5 years ago, and struggles to catch the attention of the rapidly-dwindling audience.

Saturday's cloudburst means it's a day for music and staying indoors, but we're beckoned into the main arena by a fair old racket, and discover that Ooberman indeed have more to them than the decidedly fey 'Shorley Walls'. Closest to perhaps the Wannadies in lineup and variation of style, Ooberman could provide a handy replacement for the off-the-boil Swedish popsters.

In the past Shed 7 looked like the ideal festival band - basically playing a load of hit singles - but this time they're a major disappointment, Maybe it's the choice of their plodding heavy-handed newer material over their old classics. Perhaps this explains explain their recent absence from the charts?

From a band on the way down to one up-and-coming, Speeder are doing their thing on the new bands stage, and well they do it too - if you're going to wear your influences on your sleeve, then a blend of Teenage Fanclub and Pavement are a good place to start.


The Nectarine No. 9 can always be relied on to bring something different to the party. This time the band personnel are almost in double figures including 5 - yes, FIVE - guitarists, including ex-members of the Pop Group and Orange Juice. The material from the new "Constellations of a Vanity" ep sounds as bright as the epic "Port of Mars" Contrary as ever, they do a 10-second version of Sun Ra's "Rocket # 9" to close.

The High Fidelity are also refugees from the 80's but there's no new material here, as there are still people not turned onto current album "Demonstration" album. So it's a trawl through the singles including a great "Luv'd Up" and a violin-less "Psychonaut" which still grabs the imagination.

Teenage Fanclub are welcomed like the returning sons that, well, they are. From opener "Everything Flows" to encore "Sparky's Dream", they are simply great from start to finish, though quite how the forthcoming album will shape up we can't be sure as the ultra-Birdsy "I Need Direction" is just about the only new song on view. Still, there'll be time for that later but the old Fanclub need no introduction, just a reminder that they're back.