Phoebe Bridgers’ long awaited debut UK tour kicked off with two nights in Glasgow’s iconic Barrowlands, and although there was a slightly disappointing lack of boyfriend and Normal People star Paul Mescal in the audience, nothing else was lacking.
So what can we learn from being right up front at Bridgers’ electric second night at the Barras?
1. Bridgers’ fans are nothing if not dedicated
Queuing for the concert began around 10am. Doors were at 7pm. There is no denying that people were desperate for a good view, and who could blame them? Bridgers’ outfit, a sparkly white two piece with beads embroidered onto the shape of a ribcage, was definitely worth seeing up close. It even had a little bow tie just as the final pièce de résistance.
2. A LOT of the fans are not keen on partners’ mothers
In the song ICU, the line: ‘I hate your mom’ was taken very personally by a lot of the crowd. It seems that enough people have dated men with Karen-esque mothers for it to be considered a fairly universal experience now. For all the girls last night who had someone in mind while they screamed that line – stay strong. There’s only so many Christmases and birthdays you have to endure.
3. Phoebe is truly for everyone
Although there were certainly just as many floral dresses as you’d expect, there were also a few outside of the box fans having just as much fun. I spotted a group of young guys who’d have looked more at home at a Metallica concert drying tears after Saviour Complex, and a dad very near the front who knew every word to Punisher. I like to think he was one of the early queuers.