June 18, 2001 14:40

SPECIAL BRU!

The Live'N'Loud festival doesn't quite live up to its name, however...

SPECIAL BRU!
HEAR'SAY, STEPS, a1 and MEL B were among the acts who performed to 25,000 teenage fans at GLASGOW's BELLAHOUSTON PARK in the
IRN BRU-sponsored LIVE 'N' LOUD festival.

Sugababes, Dane Bowers and
Damage also performed sets at the day-long event, dubbed "Teens in the Park", although Atomic Kitten were a no-show as Liz McLarnon had lost her voice at a previous gig.

It was left to local acts to open the proceedings: Claire Freeland, one of sthe 'Popstars' rejects on display, performed her new single 'Free', and Scottish boyband Right Now also got a good response from their home crowd, closing with their new single, a version of
LeAnn Rimes' 'How Do I Live'.

Other local acts included fellow Scots 'Popstars' flop, Darius, who unlike many acts performed live, accompanied only by acoustic guitar for his single 'Mockingbird', which had an Eagle Eye Cherry feel to it. Darius also embarked on one of his traditional rants, saying: "Never let anyone say you're not good enough," and giving the impression he may have to be dragged off the stage.

Sugababes also elected for live action, unlike the piper who mimed along to Dario G's 'Carnival De Paris', and Steps delivered a polished set, with the vocal parts all pre-recorded.

This was not the norm for the event, however, as Mel B and Damage also performed live. Likewise with a1's acapella performance. Hear'Say were the critics' choice, however, with their polished performance of 'Pure & Simple' and a cover of 'Boogie Wonderland' stealing the show.

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