Gig Review | Circa Waves @ O2 Academy Glasgow

The amount of energy in the hall was astounding.

Daytime TV

Scotland’s own Daytime TV were the first to take the Glasgow stage. The four-piece band are formed by Chris Clark on bass, Gareth Thompson on drums, John Caddick on guitar and keys, and led by frontman Will Irvine. In their short support time on stage, the alternative rock band played an incredible setlist of all original material. This consisted of tracks from 2022 album “nothing’s on but everyone’s watching” including fan favourites like ‘little victories‘, ‘we can’t be friends‘, and ‘hush‘.

With each song, Irvine’s powerful voice filled the hall, as did the enticing instrumental portions accompanying him. With their memorable melodies and catchy choruses, it wasn’t long before the crowd were dancing and singing along. They drew the Glasgow crowd in with their personality filled performance and unique yet also familiar sound. The band put on an electric show and I look forward to seeing them again sometime soon.


Next up were Cassia, a Manchester trio. Rob, Jake, and Lou make up the band whose infectious indie anthems kept the Glasgow crowd entertained for the duration of their set. Where Daytime TV’s sound was of heavier rock, Cassia’s melodies were more relaxed yet dance infused.Playing a setlist of also all original tunes, the indie trio kept the Glasgow audience moving and singing along their entire set.

Cassia are a band that make performing live look insanely easy. They all had smiles shining brightly as they played some fan-favourites and newer material. These more recognisable tracks were met with cheers from all around the hall. Included in these fan-favourites were 2017 single ‘100 Times Over‘ and ‘Right There‘ from 2022 album “Why You Lacking Energy” which have 7 million and 10 million streams respectively. They are such an enjoyable band to watch and their music is very addictive both in their studio version, and in this live setting.

Circa Waves

When headliners Circa Waves finally took to the stage, they put on an incredible show. The four-piece band formed in Liverpool and have had a whirlwind of successes in both support and headline slots. Joe Falconer (guitarist), Sam Rourke (bassist), and Colin Jones (drums) took to the stage shortly followed by frontman Kieran Shudall.

Celebrating their 2022 album “Never Going Under“, the group played a setlist with the newer songs like the album’s title track forming the foundation as well as playing some of their older fan-favourites. Kicking off the performance with older tracks like ‘Movies‘, the atmosphere in the Glasgow venue was nothing short of electric. Fans yelled the lyrics back at the band with great enthusiasm, and the group met this with their equally energy-filled performance. The show was filled with a very well constructed mix of upbeat tracks including ‘Your Ghost‘ and ‘Do You Wanna Talk‘ with more chilled ones like ‘Living In The Grey‘.

Along with celebrating their most recent album, Circa Waves also took the audience on a nostalgic journey. They revisited previous material including their 2020 album “Sad Happy“, 2019 release “What’s It Like Over There?“, and their debut 2015 album “Young Chasers“. These productions gave the band their biggest known hits. From the 2020 release, they played the title track along with others including ‘Be Your Drug’ and ‘Move to San Francisco’. They also brought to life their earlier tunes like ‘Sorry I’m Yours‘ from the 2019 album and 2020 single ‘Lemonade‘, a joint effort with Alfie Templeman.

For the encore, Circa Waves saved their most popular melodies. These were highly anticipated tracks which went down incredibly well with the energetic crowd. Cheers and yells erupted from excited fans as they watched some of their favourite tracks coming alive in front of them. This final part of the already amazing show was comprised of tunes like ‘Jacqueline‘ and ‘T-Shirt Weather‘. The latter of these two has amassed nearly 121.5 million Spotify streams over 8 years, making it the bands’ most popular track to date, and it’s clear to see why. The amount of energy in the hall was astounding, it’s amazing how a song brings the band and their listeners together. This song was 100% the perfect way to end this striking summer show.

Having postponed the tour in January due to illness, it was entirely worth it to wait for this rescheduled date. This show is one of many that prove just how deserving the group are of their successes, and just popular they are, and continue to be. Circa Waves are one of the most prominent, yet somehow often underrated, indie bands in the modern UK music scene.