The Cult – Barrowland, Glasgow – 04/03/16

the-cult-glasgow-barrowlandSometimes it’s good to stop, turn round and look at where you’ve been. Take a moment of beautiful self-indulgence to enjoy the rest from the endless search for something new and just savour those wondrous memories of the journey. So that’s what I did as I made my way out to catch The Cult at the Barrowland Ballroom.

I’m going to start with the encore. Mr Astbury asked us to strap ourselves in to a beautiful time machine and transport ourselves back to 1984 for yet another Cult classic – ‘Spirit Walker’. To be fair the time machine had already been in good use all night as we moved from the latest album Hidden City to The Cult’s debut album Dreamtime and everything in between with ease and delight in equal measure. I’m so glad I made the decision to hop on board.

The latest album Hidden City was released in February and is The Cult’s tenth studio album. It was with ‘Dark Energy’, the opening track of the album, that they kicked this gig off and a sold out Barrowland never let up from there. Sweating their way through a selection of new songs, interspersed with all those songs of my youth like ‘Wildflower’, ‘Lil Devil’ and ‘Nirvana’. By the time they reached a crescendo with ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ I swear I saw the security staff frantically trying to hold the roof on the place.

It says a lot for The Cult that they’re still selling out venues like Barrowland after more than 30 years in the business and going by the new album they look like they’re going nowhere just yet. I’m not complaining.

The Cult Setlist Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland 2016, Alive in the Hidden City
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