Nina Persson and co took to the stage on a Tuesday night in Glasgow to celebrate twenty years of their successful record, Gran Turismo and indulge their fans with a set that allowed them to get nostalgic, at one point exclaiming, “you are loving the nineties.”
Performing at the O2 Academy, the band were perhaps punching a little above their weight. My first observation was how quiet this gig was, only eight hundred at a venue that holds over two thousand. It had a little of the school disco feels with the way everyone was scattered, space was plentiful and many were inebriated.
Jenny Wilson was their support for the night, dazzling the crowd with her sequins and get up, as well as those dramatic performances, her most recent album true testament to her fighting spirit.
The Cardigans came on around 9:15pm, performing the album in consecutive order, with the single releases inevitably getting the most response from the record. The night felt flat, as the atmosphere was lacking, there were many drunkenly taking videos, stills, and several singing along to the tracks. Unfortunately I found myself next to a singer, making it more difficult to focus on the night in hand.
Erase/Rewind, Hanging Around and My Favourite Game were all received with glee from the crowd, and Nina kept the performances intriguing with her costume changes, and classically Scandinavian way of conducting herself. The gig felt somewhat intimate, in that you got a sense of her own excitement and nerves at playing this album back, reviving the past. Her band too, looked incredible as they performed on that stage. However, it is questionable whether the album has stood the test of time, listening to it back on that evening, in a venue, where the sound often let them down.
I often found myself querying being here, disappointed with the performance of an album I used to enjoy twenty years ago. Inevitably, my tastes have evolved and I am no longer curious about the number of chords in that Favourite Game riff. The Cardigans were entertaining enough, but at the end of the night, it seemed ambitious for them to be touring with an album, which brought them some commercial success two decades ago. I left as the words to Lovefool were being played out, and the school disco was somewhat satisfied.