CONCERT REVIEW : Callum Beattie and Amy MacDonald, OVO Hydro, Friday 18th March 2022

Callum Beattie and Amy MacDonald, OVO Hydro, Friday 18th March 2022

SCOTTISH STARS LIGHT UP THE HYDRO AT THE DOUBLE

Just a few short weeks after one local lass took over The Hydro, this week another local lass done good, did similar and sold out the huge venue to wow an audience of 13000 adoring fans.  Yes, it’s the Amy MacDonald Show, and boy did she give them a show.

With an 18 track setlist comprising a mix of singles and album tracks covering her career, there was plenty hits old and new, from the debut record This is the Life from 2007 through to her most recent release, 2020’s The Human Demands.  Enough variety to keep the fans happy.

Opening on the tour was another young Scottish talent, the up-and-coming Callum Beattie who has recently made the breakthrough with his debut release People Like Us, and the love of his Scottish roots shines through in his music.  His songs reflect his life, his family and growing up in Edinburgh, and tracks such as Daddy’s Eyes, Fuckers and big number Salamander Street had the crowd going wild, giving the singer, as he was later quoted, the best night of his life!  A great warm up from Beattie, who is in the process of recording his second album.

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And now time for the main act, Amy MacDonald.  This was yet another show rescheduled from the recent corona virus and has been sold out since its original date of December 2021, and as the lights dimmed and the band took to the stage, the atmosphere was at fever pitch for the fans desperate to see their idol.  Donning a black sparkly top and black jeans, Amy opened the evening with a couple of tracks from The Human Demands record.  We Could Be So Much More and The Hudson were up before the first highlight of the evening, her first hit which launched her career, Mr Rock and Roll, complete with 4 huge confetti cannons that sprayed tinsel all over the front of the crowd.  A huge roar of appreciation met the music, with everyone in full voice joining the singer.  Terrific stuff.

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The set continued with tracks such as Dream On, Automatic and Slow it Down, with new versions of Don’t Tell Me That Its Over and Run, with acoustic versions of 4th of July and Feed My Fire.  The 2007 debut single Poison Prince the her most recent single Statues came next before the second top forty single for the Scottish singer This Is the Life closed the first act.  After a short break the band returned for a three-track encore of Never Too Late, Down by the Water and final song of the evening Lets Start A Band. 

This was a great show by Amy MacDonald and her band, the songs sound great live with the main star in fine voice, full of smiles obviously loving the homecoming gig.  It may have been on ice for the last 4 or 5 months but the gig was greatly anticipated, and the delay didn’t deter the fans from having a ball.  A great night of pop music, top marks.

Photographs and Review by Stephen Wilson

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