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The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - paul ma­lik dundee re­porter

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.

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