Bigger Brighter Lights and The Playdates set to light up Glasgow Square

Amanda Jess
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NEW GLASGOW – Friday night at Glasgow Square will not be a relaxing one.

Bigger Brighter Lights rebranded in August 2012 from Above All Else. They dropped a single for radio play on Wednesday. PHOTO BY JORDAN FORSYTH

Bigger Brighter Lights and The Playdates will bring a high energy, “stadium quality” show to the venue.

Front man for the New Glasgow band, Nate Fleming, says both bands are at a whole new level.

“The boys are getting back together.”

The two bands toured together in 2007, when they were “just babies,” and under different band names.

The Playdates were the first band BBL played with when they were still known as Above All Else.

A lot has changed since then.

The band rebranded in 2012 after they parted ways with a member.

After coming in second for Much Music’s Discovered in 2010 as Above All Else, they’ve opened for Faber Drive, performed as part of the Vans Warped Tour, and just dropped a new single.

The standalone single, Crazy, is meant to get fans hyped for the new album they’re hoping to have ready for release by late 2014.

This will be the first time they’ll work with a producer.

“An outside influence will definitely bring out the best in us.”

They’ve been self-produced up until now, bouncing ideas off each other.

They’re trying to choose between three big names Fleming said. Although he wouldn’t say which ones, he divulged that one of the producers had worked with Carly Rae Jepsen.

“We want to have fun with it,” Fleming said of the album. “We want it to represent where we come from.”

They have plans to make a video as well.

 “We’re crossing our fingers for a high budget video.”

Their partners for the Glasgow Square show and two other Nova Scotia performances aren’t strangers to the stage either.

The Playdates have toured with bands such as Mariana’s Trench, the Stereos and These Kids Wear Crowns.

They won three Saint John Music Awards in 2010, were nominated for three 2011 Music New Brunswick Awards and launched a several episode documentary series in September 2012.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 in advance at

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