The Indian Summer bash also sees The Flaming Lips cover the Stones
The debut festival appearance by Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thomson‘s new band Correcto was one of the highlights of the weekend’s (July 14 and 15) Indian Summer festival in Glasgow.
The two-day, all-ages boutique festival in the city’s Victoria Park went ahead amidst largely sunny weather, aside from isolated light showers on the Sunday, and also featured exclusive UK festival headline sets from The Flaming Lips and Wilco. As an urban-based event with an intentional village fete atmosphere, the set-up of Main Stage, BBC 6 Music tent and Optimo (Espacio)-curated dance tent were complemented by a small clothes and record fair, ethnic food stalls, and a coffee bar.
Wilco – who tour outside their native America only infrequently – closed Saturday’s Main Stage with an epic country-rock set on the Saturday night, following on from earlier appearances by ex-Delgados singer Emma Pollock, The Teenagers, Idlewild, and The Rapture, with what dance fans considered the highlight of the weekend. Many festivalgoers’ attention was diverted by the dance tent’s energetic closing acts Modeselektor and Optimo themselves, while the 6 Music tent saw a rare set by American underground icon Daniel Johnston.
The latter grew to fame through the patronage of artists like Kurt Cobain and Sonic Youth, and the recent biopic ‘The Devil and Daniel Johnston’, which detailed his long battle against mental illness. Johnston closed the near-capacity 6 Music Stage with a version of his most famous song, ‘True Love Will Find You In The End’.
Sunday, which opened brightly but saw light afternoon showers, brought main stage acts including hotly-tipped Glasgow band Make Model, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Spiritualized Acoustic Mainline, which saw singer Jason Pierce joined by a choir and orchestra.
Correcto – who were formed by Glasgow musician Danny Saunders, and who feature Thomson as a permanent member – appeared in the 6 Music tent on the Sunday afternoon, with fellow Franz members Nick McCarthy and Bob Hardy watching from the audience. The quartet maintain a similar retro edge to Franz Ferdinand, although songs such as ‘Jonie’ and ‘Do It Better’ are more rooted in the quirky indie sound of bands like The Fall than the new wave of Thomson‘s more established group.
Sunday’s headliners were The Flaming Lips, playing their only UK date for the foreseeable future, and their popularity significantly reduced the amount of people attending the other stages’ headliners, US indie-rockers Wheat and experimental techno act Mouse On Mars. Alongside their own songs like ‘Do You Realize?’, ‘Race For The Prize’ and ‘Waiting For A Superman’, the Lips also performed an instrumental cover of Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Kashmir’ as singer Wayne Coyne played the Last Post on the trumpet – a protest song dedicated to soldiers who have died during the war in Iraq – and closed the festival just after sunset with a version of The Rolling Stones‘ ‘Moonlight Mile’.