Only in Glasgow in July could it seem reasonable to be stood outside, huddled coatless under an umbrella in the torrential rain, while ankle-deep in water and singing along as a band of pipers play a Snow Patrol number.
As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Glasgow City Council very kindly put on a free concert in George Square that coincided with the Queen’s visit to our fair city on Wednesday 4th July.
When singer Gary Barlow was tasked with staging the mother of all jubilee concerts in London last month, he persuaded acts that spanned the entire duration of HM Queen’s reign to perform. Everyone from Ed Sheeran to Elton John and Madness to Macca took part. Not to be outdone, the organisers of the Glasgow jubilee concert booked John Lennon, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. OK, so they were tribute acts, but still…
The show also included Scottish alumni of TV talent shows – Gamu (X Factor), Michelle McManus (Pop Idol) and Jai McDowall (Britain’s Got Talent) – plus Retake That, Abba Fever, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Glasgow Youth Choir. The kidlets from St Paul’s Primary School in Whiteinch performed a song that they’d written especially for the Queen (cue proud parents). Local band and blast from the past, Hue and Cry, were set to headline in the evening but the plug was pulled (literally) when heavy rain threatened the on-stage electrics.
The attached gallery gives a taste of the performances I caught during the afternoon. My personal favourites were Michelle McManus (I’d forgotten what a great voice she has) and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Oh, and we all love a bit of Abba, don’t we people?