Music fans flock to Green for Big Weekend finale

DARK skies might have hovered over Glasgow Green but tens of thousands of festival fans brightened Radio One's Big Weekend.

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Rain or shine - festival goers didn't let the weather spoil their fun.
Rain or shine - festival goers didn't let the weather spoil their fun.

Some of the world's top acts performed at the three-day music event, which took over George Square on Friday night before moving to the city park.

More than 60,000 lucky ticket holders attended the festival, which organisers said went without a hitch.

Music fan Kirsty Pearson, 23, said she had bid for tickets in order to see Kings of Leon - and the US four-piece didn't disappoint.

Kirsty, from Govan, said: "I've loved Kings of Leon for years but I've never managed to see them live.

"They were amazing, totally amazing. And it was such a bonus when Chris Martin came on to play with them too.

"It's been a great weekend. The atmosphere has been brilliant, very chilled and friendly.

"It's rained but I think the feeling has been, 'What rain?' Everyone knows what our weather is like and they just don't care. It wouldn't be Glasgow if it didn't rain."

Home-grown talent Calvin Harris, Chvrches and Twin Atlantic received huge cheers from the mostly Scottish crowd.

And Paisley's Paolo Nutini received one of the biggest welcomes of the weekend.

The singer-songwriter revealed that the last time he played a Big Weekend it was in Dundee and he was tasked with performing as the gates opened and the crowd rushed in.

He said: "It was like a torrent, there were all these folk running in. I was standing there playing my guitar and it was surreal, like a stampede. I don't even think any of them noticed I was there."

But last night he took over the Main Stage after Tinie Tempah and before headliner Katy Perry.

Coldplay closed the Saturday night of the event, following One Direction, Pharrell, Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen.

On Sunday the Main Stage was opened by Kings of Leon, who were followed by The Vamps, Rita Ora, John Newman, The 1975, Tinie Tempah, Paolo Nutini and Katy Perry.

Although there was some sunshine during the weekend, revellers faced heavy showers, high winds and even hailstones.

Hazel Lafferty, from Partick, was at the event with her husband and two friends.

The 28-year-old said: "I can't believe we had this many big name acts in Glasgow.

"It's going to be a huge summer for the city and this is an amazing way to kick it off.

"Tinie Tempah, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Paolo Nutini... you can't even name how many big acts were here.

"It was amazing. I'm so lucky I got tickets."

Police said 15 people were arrested during the first two days of the festival.

Eight arrests were made on Friday and a further seven people were arrested by police on Saturday.

All of the arrests related to "minor incidents" such as public drinking.

cationa.stewart@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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