Feature: Foo Fighters dominate Glasgow Summer Sessions

The rock titans return to Scotland for the first time in four years. Here's what we learned.

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Returning to Scottish soil after four years away, veteran headliners Foo Fighters delivered their usual masterclass performance at Bellahouston Park on Saturday 17 August 2019.

Rock fans at the sold-out event were treated to a full day of blinding musical acts, leading to a two-and-a-half hour Foo Fighters set which included loud covers of AC/DC and Queen, and a very special crowd sing-along to Flower of Scotland, courtesy of keyboardist Rami Jaffee.

Foo Fighters’ set offered hard-hitting rock ‘n’ roll and plenty of chances to dance to their biggest hits, not to mention a few rarer tracks for what Dave referred to as the “old school fans”.

Here’s what else happened at this year’s Glasgow Summer Sessions:

Foo Fighters are headliners for a reason

“How many years since we’ve been here? We came back to play rock ‘n’ roll!” – Dave Grohl

Becoming Glasgow Summer Sessions’ biggest headliners in its history, Foo Fighters took to the stage at Bellahouston Park to perform a mega two-and-a-half hour set.

After opening with Stacked Actors, massive hits The Pretender, Learn to Fly, Times Like These, All My Life and more echoed out around the park.

Old school fans were treated to rarer live songs, Hey Johnny Park and I’ll Stick Around, plus Taylor Hawkins took the mic for the band’s regular rendition of Under Pressure, which saw Grohl back on drums.

There was also a heart-warming father-daughter exchange as Dave’s eldest Violet provided backing harmonies for The Sky Is A Neighbourhood and others, followed by a rousing AC/DC cover of Let There Be Rock.

Crowd favourites Best of You and Everlong – dedicated to Dave’s ear-monitor tech of 30 years, Scotland’s own Ian Beveridge – closed the triumphant set, along with a promise to not leave it so long again.

The Rattlesnakes hinted they’d return to Glasgow in 2020

Frank Carter told an excited crowd during their formidable and riotous set that The Rattlesnakes would be returning to Glasgow very soon. Keep those eyes peeled for more.

Always see the opening acts, especially these ones…

Manchester four-piece Hot Milk were first on stage enthralling audiences with a high-energy opening set, followed by rising stars and Glasgow natives, The Van Ts, who triumphantly wowed their hometown crowd at their biggest show to date.

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes returned for the second year in a row, with Frank getting up close and personal with the waiting crowd, inciting female only mosh pits and crowd-surfing amidst their wild and energetic set.

Punk-rock duo Slaves stormed the stage next with a selection of massive tunes from their Mercury-nominated 2015 album Are You Satisfied? and 2016’s Top 10 album Take Control.

With only one more festival date at Bellahouston Park this August, Glasgow Summer Sessions continues next weekend with The 1975 at the helm. The stellar bill also includes performances from Twin Atlantic, You Me At Six + Pale Waves, Ten Tonnes and No Rome.

Get tickets to see The 1975 headline Glasgow Summer Sessions on Sunday 25 August 2019. [Find Tickets]

You can also still catch Foo Fighters at Leeds Festival on Friday 23 August – Reading Festival is now sold out. [Find Tickets]

All photos by: Ryan Johnston, Official Festival Photographer