[Concert Review] Anne-Marie @ O2 Academy Glasgow – March 27th, 2018

Anne-Marie- O2 Academy, Glasgow- 27th March 2018- © Allan Maxwell

Essex girl Anne-Marie Nicholson first came into the public eye as one of the Rudimental backing singers. I remember first seeing her singing their chart smash hit “Free”. The track originally was released with Scotland’s Emili Sande taking lead vocal duties. Anne-Marie completely blew the original version out the water with her rendition and immediately you know this girl was going to go places.

Fast forward a few years and here she is. Out across the UK on her own headlining tour with a couple of top ten singles under her karate black belt. Many dates of which have already sold out, with rest close to following suit.

Anne-Marie shows exactly why she is where she is, as a role model for many of her fans she expresses with her between song chat (that could rival Adele) that she too goes through the same issues as the everyday girl. With songs like “Bad Girlfriend” she tells us her method of dealing with a cheating boyfriend is to cheat back.

With her set covering around an hour and a half it is still evident that although she has a few great hit pop songs, there is still some room for more. All the highlights came from the top forty singles “Alarm”, “Heavy” and the massive Clean Bandit hit “Rockabye” in which she sang lead vocals with Sean Paul finishing the main set.

The encore brought the remainder of the songs that everyone was here to see her perform beginning with her first solo top ten single “Ciao Adios” and closing the evening with her highest placing solo chart single “FRIENDS”.

It’s clear to see that Anne-Marie won’t be going away any time soon. Her energy emits from her, infecting every single audience member making them sing and dance to every song. Her lyrics are relatable and fan interactions make her a pleasure to watch. All she needs now is a few more good hit singles before she becomes a major player in the UK chart scene.

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