Father John Misty @ Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow, 2 Aug

On the back of last year's God’s Favorite Customer, Father John Misty returns to Scotland with a delightfully romantic show at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Bandstand

Live Review by Bethany Davison | 06 Aug 2019

The night begins with Bedouine, a tranquil LA dreamboat with a notably exquisite voice. "Should we just get straight into it?" she asks, standing under the silken purple light that dances over the stage at Kelvingrove Bandstand. Exhibiting music from her two records, she's a luscious start to the evening – it's no wonder that Josh Tillman has her playing in support of his Father John Misty project tonight; her music is dreamy, the energy she radiates more so.

At the end of her set, an air of eagerness sets in as a large proportion of the once-seated crowd flood to the sparse standing space in front of the stage, desperate to capture the first glance of FJM. It's this mutual sense of love and adoration that renders the evening’s atmosphere as delightfully charming.

The stage, crowned by the setting sun, is soon filled by Tillman and his band, as they launch straight into Hangout at the Gallows. Uncharacteristically under-dressed; gone is 2018’s signature white suit. "Tonight is our first night of the European tour, and all of our luggage is still stuck somewhere on the other side of the ocean," Tillman explains, "so I thought I’d really sell it by wearing the all access pass onstage. I’m trying to give it a renaissance."

Where his charm is captivating, his infamous act of self-awareness is hilarious. As Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins) is followed by Please Don’t Die, the stage becomes imbued in pink hues that mirror the pink scarring of sunset above. As The Palace reaches its satirical climax – the terribly brilliant 'poem zone' line – Tillman fist bumps the air as the audience cheer on in glee; the song is driven to a haunt as he laughingly admits, "I’ll take it – it gets worse."

With a set that references his entire Father John Misty discography, Tillman earns the explicit adoration of his fans. His chord progressions emphatic, lyrics ironic and voice angelic, he writes music to fall in love to, shown in the abundance of couples standing and swaying through the entire set.

The bandstand framed by sunset only stands to hyperbolise the beauty of the evening; Tillman excels in his performance art, naturally delivering an evening of music as joyous as it is excellent.