It’s been a busy start of the year to the Hydro through January and February were we saw local favourites Del Amitri return to the live arena in a big way along with the Maroon 5 show. Add to that a Peter Pan live spectacular, which included an impromptu wedding proposal from the actor playing Peter Pan (Sandor Sturbl) to his on stage Wendy (Lilly-Jane Young), which shocked audience and the cast alike. Lilly-Jane Young hails Glasgow as her home town, so it was a fitting occasion to do it on The Hydro stage. This story made the papers all over the globe and has done well to cement the name of The Hydro as the entertainment venue (and the place to propose to your loved one).
March had a lot to live up to, so it was left to Hip Hop/R&B crossover mega star Drake to get Scotland into a frenzy with his show on the 15th March. The show seemed to go all well and good, with a very well received support slot from The Weeknd, but it was at his after show that things got a little bit ‘prima donna-ish’. The Daily Record reported that after taking over the Cirque nightclub in Glasgow for his after gig knees up, Mr Drake demanded that he had use of the Ladies toilets. Other punters at the club were left, not only stunned, but also having to use the Gents. Superstars, eh? What are they like.
Disney on Ice turned the venue into a magical fantasy land for their Worlds Of Fantasy shows at the end of the month, whilst The Wanted played what would be their last show in Glasgow, signing off on their some what short career, on their farewell tour.
BBC3 funny man Russell Howard brought his amiable stand up to The Hydro stage on his Wonderbox tour and guaranteed the audience of fans were rolling with the laughs. It was more comedy at the start of the month with Jack Whitehall on his début arena touring playing on March 7. His fans clearly loved it but some reviewers found his material too scatter shot, but it’s early days for the talented comedian who’s very much at home on a myriad of sitcoms and panel shows.
Comedy darling Miranda Hart brought her unique brand of humour to Glasgow on her ‘What, I Call, My Live Show’, her first stand up jaunt since breaking through with her self titled BBC sitcom. With plenty of pratfalls, embarrassing shares and goofy humour these shows were well received. Pretty sure she’ll be back this way in the future.
Fall Out Boy graced the arena with their presence at the end of March, these alternative rockers from the US have a frantic fan base who were clamouring to grab tickets to their show on Saturday night the 22nd March. Support band Pretty Reckless made a bit of a boob last time they played in the fair city, singer Taylor Momsen committing the fatal sin of saying the crowds were the ‘craziest in all of England’…eeek! Have no fear, she’d got her geography up to scratch for the big night at the Hydro. The Herald gave the show four stars, with their reviewer commenting that this final date of the tour saw them going out with a bang,
The main event in March was undoubtedly the three sell out shows from the Canadian vocal giant, Michael Bublé. Bringing his big band and swinging style to Scotland for the first time, fans were overjoyed to hear him run through a selection of classic covers and tunes and his own bag of top songs. He’s back in the UK later in the year but unfortunately the closest he gets up here will be Newcastle.
There you have it, that was March, if you were there, at any of the shows we hope you had a great time and have lots of fantastic memories. If not, don’t worry, there’s some amazing shows coming up in 2014 including Dolly Parton, The Eagles, Katy Perry, Bryan Adams and loads more.