When I heard about the STV Appeal gigathon involving Amy Macdonald performing five gigs across Scotland in one day, I have to admit, I had my doubts as to whether it would actually be a success. I mean, who wants to go to a gig at 8.30 on a Tuesday morning? Well, lots of people apparently.
I had the privilege of spending the day interviewing Amy backstage and chatting to excited fans of the Scots singer as she teamed up with her band and travelled from Aberdeen to Dundee, then on to Stirling, before a trip to Edinburgh and a final show in Glasgow – I was exhausted, goodness knows how she did it.
But she did, and she never faltered, looking and sounding as beautiful as ever at every show, much to the delight of the crowds who had turned up to see her perform in some of Scotland’s more intimate venues.
The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen provided the perfect start for the day, with fans travelling from as far afield as Shetland to catch the talented 24-year-old in action.
In Dundee, it was on to the Duke’s Corner, which was packed with eager Amy lovers who had queued for hours to get a prime spot at the extra special gig.
Stirling’s Tolbooth was next and there was a surprisingly young audience at this show, who were loving Amy’s tracks, especially new song Pride – destined to be a Scottish football anthem. It was in Stirling that we met Amy’s youngest fan – nine-month-old Esme Rose. Adorable.
Broodiness aside and we were off to Edinburgh’s The Caves, where pizza provided the perfect cure as the tiredness began to set in. I would like to note that Ms Macdonald and her band had salads in their room – no wonder they look so fresh and lovely. I on the other hand had to hide the dropped splodge of tomato sauce on my sexy STV Appeal t-shirt as the oh-so stylish Edinburgers made their way into the venue.
Finally, we were on the home stretch and it was time for Amy’s homecoming gig at the super-cool warehouse SWG3.
With the audience going wild, Amy closed her incredible run of shows in style, treating her fans to hilarious stories, involving two-faced policemen, from her journey across Scotland.
Comedian extraordinaire Bruce Devlin was on hand to warm up the crowds before each gig and he was marvellously outrageous and funny and certainly kept me going throughout the day. I love when he plots to steal Amy’s Chanel handbag, as you will see in the player above.
It was an incredible day, where fans got to watch Amy perform some of her most- loved hits, as well as tracks from her new album, Life in a Beautiful Light, in a series of intimate venues, while raising funds for the STV Appeal. Can we do it all again next year?!
- Video from Glasgow gig
- Video highlights of Amy's Edinburgh gig
- And Stirling...
- Were you at the Dundee show?
- Check out the first gig of the day in Aberdeen
More on the STV Appeal here