Girl group brings a party at­mos­phere to Tay­side

Pre­dicted rain holds off as 11,000 pack out Slessor Gar­dens to see con­cert

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - paul ma­lik pa­ma­lik@the­

The world’s big­gest girl group graced the stage last night at the sec­ond-ever con­cert held in Dundee’s Slessor Gar­dens.

Crowd favourites Shout Out To My Ex, Power and Black Magic were met by rap­tur­ous screams and ap­plause from more than 11,000 happy mu­sic fans.

Fore­cast rain threat­ened over­head but never ma­te­ri­alised and the car­ni­val at­mos­phere con­tin­ued long into the night.

Aus­tralian band Shep­pard were first on and de­spite con­stant com­plaints about the cold, put on an ad­mirable per­for­mance which got the crowd loos­ened up for the show ahead.

Ris­ing star Ella Eyre was next and with a slew of pop­u­lar hits, had the crowd singing along in their thou­sands.

As the time drew closer to Lit­tle Mix reach­ing the stage, Slessor Gar­dens started to heave un­der the ex­pec­ta­tion, ex­cited boys and girls wear­ing band T-shirts and wav­ing glow sticks en­thu­si­as­ti­cally be­fore the lights dimmed and the open­ing track kicked in. What fol­lowed was more than an hour and 40 min­utes of en­dear­ing joy, as the crowd sang along to ev­ery word and danced along to ev­ery move.

At one point a con­fetti can­non shot stream­ers into the air, tan­gling with the re­cently re-erected masts of Dis­cov­ery, much to the amuse­ment of the crowd.

The show was hailed as an im­me­di­ate suc­cess by or­gan­is­ers.

City centre man­ager Sarah Craig said: “It has been a long week but has been def­i­nitely worth all of the ef­fort ev­ery­one has put in.

“We had in the end more than 11,000 mu­sic fans in Slessor Gar­dens and the whole even­ing ap­pears to have passed with­out in­ci­dent.

“The rain stayed off and the weather held out, which was fan­tas­tic and just what we wanted.

“It re­ally does add to ev­ery­body’s con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence when they don’t have to battle with the el­e­ments.

“Last night’s con­cert bodes re­ally well for next month’s Olly Murs show.

“The city centre has been packed full of peo­ple, with a com­bi­na­tion of end-of­term cel­e­bra­tions and, of course, peo­ple com­ing down to the con­cert.

“There has been a ter­rific at­mos­phere all day, topped off by a fan­tas­tic con­cert.”

Joe Sharphouse of the Liz Hobbs Group – the or­gan­is­ers be­hind bring­ing UB40, Lit­tle Mix and Olly Murs to the city – said they were so pleased with the re­cep­tion the first two con­certs had re­ceived.

He said: “This con­cert and UB40 in May have both been in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful.

“To host three acts of the cal­i­bre of UB40, Lit­tle Mix and Olly Murs has been amaz­ing, not just for us but also for Dundee.

“The re­cep­tion we have had from ev­ery­one in the city has been phe­nom­e­nal.

“We would like to thank all of the peo­ple of Dundee for their sup­port.”

Pic­ture: Steven Brown.

Leigh-Anne Pin­nock per­forms.

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