Happy, ex­cited peo­ple take over

Wa­ter­front and en­tire city throngs with smil­ing folk as rain holds off for big party

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - Paul ma­lik pma­lik@the­courier.co.uk

Dun­do­nians young and old thronged on the wa­ter­front’s Slessor Gar­dens last night to en­joy all the hits from their favourite pop group Lit­tle Mix.

The city’s pubs, restau­rants, eater­ies and meet­ing places pul­sated prior to the show with ex­cited fam­i­lies, young peo­ple, party lovers and mu­sic fans – each one ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing the per­for­mance of a life­time.

Young chil­dren and their happy par­ents braved in­clement weather and the threat of rain – which never ma­te­ri­alised – scoff­ing ice creams and fizzy juice and wait­ing in line to the mer­chan­dise stalls dot­ted around the venue to buy T-shirts and posters.

Buses full of trav­el­ling mu­sic lovers piled in to the city too and thou­sands of tired but happy faces floated out af­ter the final en­core.

Isla Swad­dle, 10, was at­tend­ing her first large con­cert in Dundee, hav­ing trav­elled to Glas­gow as an even younger child to see Amer­i­can pop singer Tay­lor Swift.

She said: “I en­joyed the first sup­port band, Shep­pard, and the sec­ond act, Ella Eyre, was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.

“I tried my hard­est to get to the front for Ella.

“I re­ally love com­ing to con­certs and I love Lit­tle Mix.”

Her mum, Jill Hors­burgh, was de­lighted the city had proved it­self suit­able for hold­ing ma­jor pop con­certs.

She said: “Isn’t it just fan­tas­tic, stand­ing here on the wa­ter­front, sur­rounded by the V&A and ev­ery­thing that is up and com­ing and see­ing so many happy, ex­cited peo­ple.

“It’s just lovely that it has worked out so well. We are very proud to come from Dundee this even­ing.”

Her older daugh­ter, Char­lotte Stan­dish, echoed her mother’s thoughts, say­ing: “Who would have thought it was achiev­able, even when it was an­nounced, that the wa­ter­front and Slessor Gar­dens would be so suit­able for such an im­pres­sive con­cert.”

The John­stone fam­ily said they had a en­joyed Lit­tle Mix’s per­for­mance but were dis­ap­pointed by peo­ple push­ing in the crowd to­wards the end.

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