Live: Yellowland @ Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, 05/03/16

FROM Auchtermuchty to Aberdeen bus loads of revellers flocked to Glasgow as The Yellow Movement turned The Barrowlands their favourite colour in aid of peace, love, and mustard.

Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5, led by Colonel John McMustard, and their fellow Yellow Movement comrades The Twistettes, Have Mercy Las Vegas, Jamie & Shoony, and The Girobabies turned Glasgow’s most famous live music venue into Yellowland for one night only.

The colour, energy, and vibrancy of The Yellow Movement captured the essence of the Glasgow music scene more than one band ever could as they sold out the 2000 capacity venue. That’s a lot of 6th Dijons!

The Twistettes opened the show complete with yellow bucket hats and tights. The alt-punk duo shook Yellowland with their gutsy performance and set the tone for the night ahead. Have Mercy Las Vegas were up next with their brand of string-based folk rock providing a great platform for a good old knees up as the room began to swell and yellow pilgrims settled in.

Jamie & Shoony flipped the script completely as they entered the stage swaggering to their infectious hip-hop/indie crossover vibes. The place was bouncing as SHOOOONY proved why they’re one of the best live acts around at the moment with tracks like ‘Who Are You’ and covering Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Bonkers’, which pretty much summed up the atmosphere to that point.

Sub-headlining were Colonel Mustard’s friendly rivals for the title deeds to The Barrowlands as The Girobabies‘ Giroland vied with Colonel Mustard’s Yellowland at the merch stand all night. Their dark, grungey, bass-driven sound is probably the last thing you’d expect to hear at a gig kitted out to look like a ’90s rave but it worked surprisingly well as The Girobabies got into the carnival atmosphere. The highlight being lead singer Mark McGhee, donning a paint splattered boiler suit, jumping head first into the capacity crowd for a little surf.

The Girobabies on stage at Yellowland, sorry Garland (Photo Credit: Nathan Ferguson Photography).
The Girobabies on stage at Yellowland, sorry Garland (Photo Credit: Nathan Ferguson Photography).

SAMA 2015 Best Live Act winners Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 were the highlight of the evening though, as they swarmed the stage with their own brand of fluorescent fun. Colonel John McMustard clad in his shimmering disco ball hat and yellow suit led the way thumping out the vocals for popular tracks like ‘These Are Not The Drugs (You Are Looking For)’ and ‘International Sex Hero’ as The Dijancer David Blair crowd surfed on a rubber dingy. It was hugs all round as everyone embraced during ‘Ginger Girl’. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone.

The sense of community was palpable as all walks of life let loose, expressed themselves, and enjoyed the entertainment on show. There was room for dancing chickens, sitars, inflatable crocodiles,  and plenty of charity fundraising as The Yellow Movement excelled themselves raising money for The Clutha Trust and awareness for charities and causes like Greenpeace and The Scottish CND.

The Dijancer (David Blair) gets in amongst it (Photo Credit: ).
The Dijancer (David Blair) gets in amongst it (Photo Credit: David Muir Photography).

These bands go beyond the call of duty, demonstrating there’s more to their acts than just making music. They genuinely entertain people, foster a community, look out for those less fortunate than them, and most importantly do it all with a smile on their faces.

In an industry increasingly dominated by greed, corporate bollocks, and soulless records The Yellow Movement defy it all, rise above, connect with their audience, and continue to raise the bar for live music performance.

As the most famous of 6th Dijon’s Gavin Mitchell (AKA Boabby the barman from Still Game) came on stage to induct David Bowie into The Barrowlands Hall of Fame I was once again reminded of just why The Yellow Movement is the best thing that has happened to Scottish Music since Lulu won The Eurovision Song Contest…aye that long ago!

After Mitchell had accepted the honour on behalf of the late great David Bowie young Eli Stewart came on stage to bring Yellowland to tears of joy with his beautiful rendition of ‘Life On Mars’. Goosebumps. Simply sublime.

Dear Yellow Movement,

You truly are the changing face of rock and roll.

Thank you for being my friend.

Peace, love, and mustard.

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