By Gregor Farquharson (@gregoratlantic)
The Glasgow music scene has undoubtedly proven itself to be one of the best in the UK. Producing some of the finest bands there is, such as Biffy Clyro and Twin Atlantic, there are always bands gigging in and around the city. It’s every band’s dream to sell out shows and have a loyal fanbase, and up and coming band from Wishaw Luna The Professor are no exception to this. Playing their first ever headline gig in the sold out Audio, and with support from two other up and coming local acts The Roly Mo and Stop The Rain, the night was not one to forget.
The Roly Mo were the band tasked with the challenge of starting the night and getting the crowd ready, undoubtedly a tough spot. The band played through their half hour set, and the fans seemed to enjoy them. Showcasing an indie rock vibe to their set, it was clear the band has just started up but with a few decent sounding riffs and loud drums, the band had all they needed to get the crowd roaring and ready.
The band let us know that the bassist was hit by a car last week, yet still managed to play tonight which is proof of the sheer dedication the act have. Playing what the punters wanted to hear, The Roly Mo did their job setting the atmosphere for the whole of the night.
The main support of the evening was brought to us in the form of Perth indie rockers Stop the Rain, who to everyone’s surprise sounded absolutely huge. The very well rehearsed live band have definitely put the practice in, and this shines through. The 5 piece used every second of their set wisely. The crowd were loving the band and the final song Home Is Where The Heart Is really shone through and thoroughly impressed everyone.
Little touches like the band’s masterclass in harmonies, not easy for any up and coming band, made the support act feel like a headliner in the making. The Perthshire band absolutely impressed with their set and will no doubt be playing shows like this with their names at the top of the bill.
Headliners Luna The Professor are absolutely no strangers to gigging in Glasgow, yet they have never managed to headline a gig in the city, merely supporting other bands, but tonight was their night. With a sea of local fans flooding the tiny Audio, and playing The Venga Boys to open the show, the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing. Opening with track Fall, from the get go the room belonged to them. The amazing production of this show added to the atmosphere, with lights which you’d expect at a much larger venue. We were then treated to performances of Advocate and Hometown, both of which new material and the latter being written about where the band is from Wishaw. Undoubtedly, the bands’ main track and a definite fan favourite Questions really set the room alight.
Frontman Johnny Irwin worked the crowd to perfection, with them all listening and doing as he said. The huge sit-down jump up moment of this song felt special and felt the band were doing all the right things to get a crowd up and ready for a party. The final two songs were a true example of how hard work can pay off. Closer Class A was a total sweat fest for the fans to enjoy – people on shoulders, mosh pits and bouncing, this debut headline had it all. The four piece band rocked the show, and if they can keep this high calibre of gigs and music quality up, the work will pay off and Luna The Professor will definitely move up in the Glasgow venue hierarchy.