Daughter of Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack’s Cameron McVey, Mabel has no shortage of top-tier influences around her before she even looks outside of her own family tree. The 22-year-old singer songwriter will of course want to carve out her own style but if talent is genetic then she is sorted.
She has already had some big hits – Bedroom being her best-known single so far receiving substantial airplay and appearing in the background of countless TV shows. The recent fire at ABC in Glasgow was devastating but the slight silver lining is that the clubs that have taken on the gigs, such as SWG3 and The Garage, have upped their reputations as legit live music venues.
MABEL plays the Garage in Glasgow on Nov 30.
INSANE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
Having experienced a huge, and frankly inexplicable resurgence in popularity, British wrestling has found its way back onto our screens and back in arenas up and down the country. The blood, the sweat, the tears, the Spandex. There’s something about it that obviously appeals to the masses. So much so that the Hydro will play host to Insane Championship Wrestling this December.
Many will claim that it isn’t real, but you can be the judge of that after you see a massive man backflip off a turnbuckle onto his rival’s midriff in a bid to gain vengeance for his half-brother. Prepare to see all your favourite wrestlers in action: Shoutyman, Muscles McGee, Angry Norman, Cyber Susan and many more! (Note: some wrestlers mentioned may not actually exist).
SSE Hydro, December 2. £30 – £60.
I don’t know what it is in the water in (Greater) Manchester, but the place can’t stop producing great bands. Stockport scamps Blossoms don’t exactly have the rock ‘n’ roll sound or the fearless posturing of some of their Manc predecessors, but they certainly know how to write a hook or two.
Breakout hit Charlemagne was one of the anthems of 2016 and showcased their indie-pop credentials. Now, with their latest album Cool Like You and latest single How Long Will This Last, they are looking to cement a regular place in the charts. Upbeat, danceable and catchy, Blossoms take their cues from 80s pop bands, rub some 21st century indie on it and spread the result over indie club dancefloors up and down the country.
Blossoms play the O2 Academy in Glasgow on December 3.
Many boybands and girlbands from a bygone time are now only listened to with a handful of salt and a huge chunk of irony. All Saints, though, were always able to maintain an air of cool – something that is doubtless still with them. Although listening to an artist from when you were growing up will always have something sentimental about it, a visit to the Academy to see All Saints is unlikely to be entirely based in novelty.
Songs like Never Ever and Rock Steady were top pop songs and Pure Shores was well-loved even outside the world of pop – the song being brought back to mind after appearing on the GTA V soundtrack. All Saints will always retain their cool girl-next-door vibes.
All Saints play the o2 Academy in Glasgow on Dec 10.
DMA’s have appeared here in Student Rag a few times now and with good reason. The Aussie indie band smacked the UK in the face with their phenomenal debut album Hills End in 2016. Despite the sound of the album being reminiscent of British music of years gone by, DMA’s seemed to be showing us Brits how to do it. Clad in tracksuits and baseball caps, the band seemed to even adopt the fashion sense of many Brits to go along with the music.
However, the essence of DMA’s music and performances is much more cerebral and sensitive than their appearance might first let on. Their latest album For Now is evidence of that. Having moved very slightly away from the guitar-led sound of Hills End, the keyboards give the album more of a pop sound, and singer Tommy O’Dell’s delicate and vulnerable vocals have been pushed to the forefront. Those vocals, and the rest of the band’s performances, are all the more impressive live.
DMA’s play the Barrowlands in Glasgow on Dec 8 and 9.
previews by Luke Hawkins