Fresh off their first ever US and Canada tour, Dream Wife return to Glasgow - this time with a bit of a step up in the size of the venue since the last time they rocked the city. The band played Glasgow’s SWG3 Warehouse situated near the banks of the river Clyde and packed out the venue with their devout ‘Bad Bitch’ fans.
A few months before their tour, Dream Wife put out an open call asking female identifying & non-binary fronted music projects to join them on their headline tour. The band had over 400 submissions from local music projects and narrowed it down to 7 to join them on tour.
Opening for them on their Glasgow leg of the tour was the incredible Bobby Kakouris and her band. Bobby’s soft, acoustic melodies perfectly warmed up the crowd after arriving inside from a typical, chilly Glasgow evening.
Following were the abundantly energetic Queen Zee, a 5 piece punk band from Liverpool. The band managed to get the crowd screaming and dancing from the moment they stepped on stage. With a lot of leg kicks and head banging, Queen Zee gave one of the best support performances I’ve witnessed, including a rambunctious cover of Dizzee Rascal’s Bonkers and their latest release Sass or Die.
With Alice Go entering on guitar and Bella Podpadec on Bass the band walked on stage leaving anticipation on the arrival of their lead singer Rakel Mjöll. Opening with the intro to their hit single Hey Heartbreaker from their self-titled debut album, Dream Wife kicked off the show, instantly lighting excitement from their very diverse crowd, with Rakel walking on to start the party with her expressive vocals.
Throughout their set, Dream Wife promoted their femme rage and called Bad Bitches to the front of the room to dance with them. Eager to make everyone feel included, Mjöll called out for the crowd to make way for anyone small who couldn’t see or anyone who wanted to be near the front. This message of inclusion and acceptance was present throughout the whole evening with posters around the venue saying they want everyone to be able to feel welcome and have a good time without any fear.
Also performed was their song Somebody, where the band urged the crowd to scream the lyrics “I am not by body, I am somebody” – an empowering ballad they wrote on their own experiences as women. Dream Wife delivered their lyrics in short punches in order to deliver their message and provoke a reaction along with contrastingly cheery, rock guitar melodies performed by Alice Go.
Switching between their magical pop-rock bangers and chatty Rakel sending out heartfelt messages to the crowd, Dream Wife ended the night with the catchy riffs of their song Let’s Make Out and gave Glasgow a party they won't forget.
Photography by Rosie Ridley