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Well well well, how about those Glass Animals though?

Off the back of the hugely successful release of their sophomore studio album – How to Be a Human Being – last summer, the band hailing from Oxford have really grown on us here at RIOT.

Just a few days after announcing our own exciting Glass Animals competition, we were lucky enough to pop along to Edinburgh’s Liquidroom for the opening night of the four-piece’s 2017 UK tour – and our men of the moment didn’t disappoint one bit!

Providing support for the night was Roosevelt, whose synth-ridden space rock would be enjoyed by fans of Tame Impala, The Wombats and Two Door Cinema Club – with the German’s sultry tones comparable to that of The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas.

After a short set-up time, Glass Animals energetically bounded onto the stage and got straight to the point with How to Be a Human Being‘s lead single, Life Itself – followed by a pair of fan favourites from the band’s debut offering, Zaba, in the form of Black Mambo and Hazey.

Glass Animals then showcased more new material, with Poplar St and The Other Side of Paradise giving lead singer Dave Bayley the chance to provide the Liquidroom with a masterclass in how to be a front man – before Season 2 Episode 3 was also on the receiving end of a rapturous reception from the Edinburgh faithful.

As Dave and co really got into their element, Toes, Take a Slice, Cane Shuga and Youth shook the venue to its rafters – with the lighting setup combining gloriously with Glass Animals’ trademark psychedelic party vibes.

Next came a real highlight, with Bayley joining the front of the crowd for an impassioned rendition of Gooey, before proclaiming “you guys are fucking awesome”. After the tumult had died down a wee bit, he then hushed the crowd by signalling “alright, this is my favourite one” – with Agnes being the song in question.

After a brief break, Glass Animals returned with an encore of Pools and their latest single, Pork Soda – both of which provided a suitably feel-good end to the night, as the crowds filtered out into the Edinburgh night.

Words by Jonno Mack

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