I’ve annoyed everybody and anyone for the last few weeks by having the audacity to have two blocked ears, prompting increasingly exasperated shouts of “what?” and “pardon?” whenever someone tried to talk to me.
For a glorious 15 minutes, following the surprisingly good support act Ella Eyre and the main event, my ears cleared, as if from divine intervention.
The lights dimmed and before I had a second to realise, a cacophony of screams and cheers from 11,000 Little Mix fans – boys, girls, older boys and older girls – rang out across the city’s newest music venue. And it was marvellous.
The Beatles famously stopped playing live in 1966, unable to hear themselves play over the racket caused by the crowd. No such problem here.
Row after row of speaker stacks and television screens meant even those standing at the very back could hear every note played out clearly.
Almost every blade of grass on Slessor Gardens was covered with a terrifically excited child or the tapping foot of a dragged-along dad and viewing the bands as they did their thing was perfectly easy, with two large screens straddling stage left and right.
It will never not seem strange watching sound technicians and roadies check levels without any instruments but as far as the crowd of doting fans were concerned, it didn’t make one blind bit of difference.
And is that not the point of pop music? Who’s to say there’s not a young Beyonce or Kyle Falconer or Ariana Grande who stood in the cold and waited for their favourite band to hit the stage and thought: “I can do that, I can sing and I can dance and I can achieve”. And that’s what’s most important. These concerts offer opportunity, not just opportunity for Dundee to show it can do it as well as Glasgow or Manchester but for young people to experience something bigger, something better. The opportunity for them to embrace who they are and enjoy themselves, safe and secure.
There are some who make their comments and question whether four powerful young women from different backgrounds, embracing who they are, achieving something for themselves are role models.
There are some who do unspeakable things to stop young girls from embracing who they are, accepting who they are and having a good time. These people are wrong.
And when history looks back, it will shine on the Little Mixes and music fans and young people having fun as the victors.