Lukas Graham kicked off their UK tour on mainland soil in Glasgow. Giving fans who queued for hours outside the O2 Academy a 60-minute show that was both simple and sublime.
The band, fronted by the very charismatic Lukas Forchhammer, are already huge in their native Denmark, having racked up an impressive five number one singles there. But it was the release of 2015’s “7 Years” that propelled them to superstar status internationally – the track sold more than two million downloads in the US alone and was nominated at this year’s Grammy Awards.
The foursome, accompanied by a three-man brass section and a couple of overhead lights, took the stage at exactly 9 pm to a huge round of cheers. Forchhammer, dressed in a pair of jeans and a skull tee (which he ditched halfway through the show), opened with “Better Than Yourself” and “Hayo,” a song that only appears on international versions of the band’s self-titled album.
For his part, Forchhammer’s vocals were smooth and soulful through out the evening. “What Happened To Perfect?” was a tour de force for the singer and radio staple “Mama Said” was a show highlight (at one point during the song, he told his bandmates to ease up on the background vocals as the Glasgow crowd “has it covered”).
The band closed the show with “Funeral” and a stirring version of “7 Years” that had some of the parents in the venue hoisting their kids up onto their shoulders for a better view of the action. Forchhammer was clearly moved by the vibe in-house and told us that he “couldn’t have prayed for a better start to our tour.”
“In all this time, with people just wanting to be famous and to be put on a goddamned pedestal, the only thing the four of us ever wanted to do was play music,” he told us. “And you’re giving us a chance to just play music. Thank you guys – no audience, no show.”
PHOTOS + REVIEW BY: CALUM BUCHAN PHOTOGRAPHY
LUKAS GRAHAM'S WORLD TOUR CONTINUES:
* MARCH 01 - O2 ACADEMY - NEWCASTLE, UK
* MARCH 02 - ACADEMY - MANCHESTER, UK
* MARCH 04 - O2 ACADEMY - LEEDS, UK
* MARCH 05 - O2 ACADEMY - BIRMINGHAM, UK
* MARCH 07 - ROUNDHOUSE - LONDON, UK
* MARCH 09 - LOTTO ARENA - ANTWERP, BELIGUM
* MARCH 11 - 013 TILBURG - TILBURG, HOLLAND
* MARCH 12 - AFAS LIVE - AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
* MARCH 13 - MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC HALLE - DUSSELDORF, GERMANY
* MARCH 15 - JAHRHUNDERTH HALLE - FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY
* MARCH 16 - ZENITH - MUNICH, GERMANY
* MARCH 18 - THE GASOMETER - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
* MARCH 19 - BUDAPEST ARENA - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
* MARCH 20 - STODOLA - WARSAW, POLAND
* MARCH 30 - SENTRUM SCENE - OSLO, NORWAY
* MARCH 31 - BALTISKA HALLEN - MALMO, SWEDEN
* APRIL 03 - SPORTHALLE - HAMBURG, GERMANY
* APRIL 04 - OLYMPIA - PARIS, FRANCE
* APRIL 05 - TRANSBORDUER - LYON, FRANCE
* APRIL 07 - X-TRA - ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
* APRIL 08 - TEATRO DE VENARIA - TURIN, ITALY
* APRIL 10 - SALA RAZZMATAZZ - BARCELONA, SPAIN
* APRIL 11 - SALA RIVIERA - MADRID, SPAIN
* APRIL 12 - COLISEUM - LISBON, PORTUGAL