First onstage at Café Drummond was local singer-songwriter Steven Milne. A late addition to the bill, Steven played with the skill and charisma that his fans have come to expect. Playing through a mix of solo material and acoustic versions of his band The Little Kicks’ back catalogue, Steven left the audience well-prepared for the night of music ahead.
Touring support Kyla La Grange was next to grace the stage with her presence. Despite suffering from a heady cold, Kyla put on a stunning performance that wowed the gathered crowd. Announcing that she felt woozy from the copious amounts of Lemsip and whisky she had consumed before the gig, Kyla launched into an exciting set, a highlight of which was excellent new single Vampire Smile. Despite being small in stature, Kyla’s voice is huge and her set certainly showcased its full potential: at times epic and soaring, and at others quiet and subdued, her heartfelt vocals are powerfully captivating. Choosing to end, unusually, on quiet track Heavy Stone, Kyla left the stage in an understated manner. The crowd’s applause was anything but.
Headliners Dog is Dead then took to the stage. Having appeared as themselves in an episode of E4 drama Skins last year, Dog is Dead are a band who are growing from strength to strength and their Aberdeen performance was no exception. With an interesting blend of synths and sax solos, the band peddles a unique brand of upbeat jazzy indie-pop like no other. Their latest single Two Devils was a clear set highlight, with its sing-a-long “woo-ooh” chorus and driving energy. It’s clear that Dog is Dead are going places: with fantastic songs and an energetic performance, they are sure to have won a number of new fans in the North East of Scotland.