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At 9.30 last night, STVers, Amy Macdonald and her crew arrived outside Glasgow’s SWG3 with a feeling of sheer delight as we realised we were on the home stretch of what had been a fantastic day.
It was time for Amy’s fifth and final gig of her STV Appeal ‘gigathon’ and although all the shows had been a success, this one was extra special as Ms Macdonald was on home turf.
She told me she was “glad to be at the final hurdle” but that she had loved every moment of the day, saying: “Meeting so many people - there’s been so many people that have driven from all over the UK - it’s been crazy and it’s just been brilliant and I feel very grateful to be part of this.”
While Amy freshened up and got ready for one final rendition of her hit set-list, support act Karima Francis got the excited crowd in the mood with a stunning performance of her powerful acoustic tracks – signed to Amy’s label, she’s definitely one to watch.
Then Ms Macdonald took to the stage, dazzling in a silver top, much to the delight of the hundreds of fans who had refused to let the fact it was eleven o’clock on a school night get in the way of seeing their favourite singer shine in the unique Glasgow warehouse venue.
Amy was clearly in her element as she laughed and joked with fans, friends and her beloved mum between wowing with her songs.
Despite having performed the first gig in Aberdeen at 8.30 in the morning, her voice was just as powerful as ever and her energy simply inspiring, but as she herself admitted, it was fuelled by the fact she was doing this for a good cause.
As shouts of “more” echoed from the most lively crowd of the day (and that was saying something as even first thing in the morning, there were fans dancing and jumping along), Amy retired to her dressing room to hugs and cheers from her proud band and the team who helped pull together the spectacular day.
Although exhausted, Amy emerged to sign copies of her new album, Life in a Beautiful Light, and anything else fans could get their hands on that she could lend her signature too.
Five gigs in one day pan Scotland is no mean feat but Amy carried it off brilliantly, professionally and with a touch of star quality that has kept fans loyal to her music for the past five years. A credit to Scotland and the music industry as a whole, let’s hope Amy is having a day-off today. She certainly deserves it.
STV Appeal is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, number SC042429