Gig Review | Pale Waves | O2 Academy, Glasgow | 05.03.2022 

It was third time lucky for Manchesters Pale Waves as the band finally have their chance to play to a jam packed Glasgow crowd following covid cancellations & an illness for lead singer Heather – and it’s fair to say the wait was well worth it. A long over due return to a place they like to call home – Supporting their second studio album, Who Am I? 

Following the amazing success of 2018 debut My Mind Makes Noises, the bands release of “Who Am I?” reached great hights securing a top 10 place in the UK charts and a number one slot in the UK Independent Album Charts.


First to grace the famous stage in Glasgow’s Southside was London band Bitters – bringing a beautiful set that was filled with tunes that wouldn’t be out of place in a 90’s rom-com. A support slot that just made perfect sense and rounded off with a stunning cover of 2003 classic Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne.

Hot Milk

Second up was Manchester rock powerhouse Hot Milk – their biggest Glasgow appearance to date, the four piece turned the heat up on an already filled room. Opening with Split Personality straight into I Just Wanna Know What Happens When I’m Dead. Fully showing why they were the solid choice to open for fellow Mancunian friends.

The crowd were in fine voice singing back every word lead singers Han Mee & James Shaw screamed at them – finishing off a flawless set with recent single I Think I Hate Myself and crowd pleaser Awful Ever After, a song that received the biggest reaction. With new singles on the horizon, Hot Milk are showing exactly why they are a band to watch and after such a massive performance on the Academy stage – its clear to see why.

Latest single, I Think I Hate Myself

Pale Waves

The time had arrived for Pale Waves to take to the stage and round of the final night of their tour in style. After the incredible supports and a pre set sing-song, the crowd were fully hyped and ready to go. It was a case of start as you mean to go on – opening to lead single from “Who Am I?” Change before a double header from album one with Television Romance & Eighteen.

Throughout the night, Heather spoke so highly of the Glasgow crowd and in particular her immense pride in being part Scottish – as she stated her dad was born in raised and Scotland and wished she had the same luck in life to have a Scottish accent. The inner Scot certainly shows when she is on stage having the crowd in the palm of her hand from start to finish.

Huge crowd reactions and singalongs for classics like Red, My Obsession & Kiss – and the reactions for new hits Easy and Fall To Pieces. Mid set the band introduced a young fan on the stage to grab the sticks and take a swing at trying out new song Jealousy on the drums – and she absolutely killed it. The full band then played the song in full to great reception giving the fans a taste of what’s to come from album 3.

A very fun filled evening comes to a close with an encore with an emotional She’s My Religion before signing off with fan favourite There’s A Honey. The perfect way to end another chapter in the bands already stunning career before embarking on their next venture with the recording of studio album number three and an action packed summer of festivals that will see the band return to the UK circuit with an appearance at Reading & Leeds.

Heather with a fan thrown trans pride flag.