Scot­tish leg­end joins stars of the fu­ture for sub­lime gig

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - Paul Ma­lik

It’s dif­fi­cult to think of any Scot­tish band who could head­line an oc­ca­sion such as this.

Clad in a red-flared suit, Bobby Gille­spie com­mands the stage and band be­hind him like a gen­eral – al­beit one with long hair and five o’clock shadow .

Early into Scream’s set he dedicates Shoot Speed/ Kill Light to Dundee hero Billy McKen­zie. What a shame some­one with McKen­zies’ artis­tic vi­sion is not here to see the trans­for­ma­tion of his city – from post-in­dus­trial punch­line to Scot­land’s cul­tural epi­cen­tre.

Lam­bie’s art work shines a back­drop to Scream, il­lus­trat­ing songs like Swastika Eyes with pre­scient style and acid house hits like Come To­gether seam­lessly.

Kick­ing off a party of this scale should be dif­fi­cult, but Be Char­lotte did so with aplomb.

Wear­ing the spark­li­est out­fit this side of the At­lantic, Char­lotte pranced about the stage like a head­liner.

En­cour­ag­ing the as­sem­bling crowd to dance, she led her four-piece band of drums, bass and gui­tar through her half-hour set with the con­fi­dence of an artist with twice as much ex­pe­ri­ence.

Thou­sands gath­ered early to catch a glimpse of this ris­ing star.

Lewis Ca­paldi ban­ters with the crowd, telling the au­di­ence he “ab­so­lutely loves mu­se­ums”, be­fore adding, play­fully, “if you don’t love chubby guys singing sad songs, then I’m afraid you’re not go­ing to en­joy this set”.

With Scot­land celebrating its Year of Young Peo­ple, it is a gen­uine plea­sure watch­ing two fu­ture su­per­stars per­form on such a large scale at such a young age.

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