Open Air in the Square act blows in

Emily Middlemas dropped by Stonehaven this past week before returning for Hogmanay
Emily Middlemas dropped by Stonehaven this past week before returning for Hogmanay

With less than a fortnight to go until Open Air in the Square, one of this year’s acts had a go on the popular Stonehaven Land Train.

X-Factor contestant, Emily Middlemas, was in Stonehaven yesterday (Wednesday) to help promote the Hogmanay event.

Emily was announced last month along with rising Scots star Carrie Mac, with the pair due to share the stage with The Human League and The Peatbog Faeries.

The Leader and Observer took the chance of a quick word with Emily on her first visit to the town before she returns on Hogmanay.

The baby of this year’s X-Factor, she was just 15 when she lost out on a spot in Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s girls’ category at the live shows despite being singled out for praise by Simon Cowell and Cheryl.

Singer and guitarist, Emily, beat 9000 hopefuls to win TeenStar at Birmingham’s NEC in July, performing her own song Goodnight Kiss.

As well as her TeenStar triumph, Emily ran a benefit gig for victims of the Clutha bar Glasgow helicopter crash tragedy.

She said: “I’m really excited about the gig on Hogmanay, this is my first time in Stonehaven and it’s such a lovely wee place. We’ve just had a walk along the beachfront and everyone is so friendly.

‘‘I’m looking forward to sharing the bill with the Human League, of course, and I’m also really looking forward to seeing Carrie. We’re good friends and it will be nice to catch up with her again.”

Edinburgh singer-songwriter Carrie Mac has just released her new single “Good Love After Bad” and has had her face on billboards all over the country.

Carrie supported X-Factor winner,, Alexandra Burke on her tour, appearing at London’s Hammersmith Appollo and the O2 stadium.

She also sang along with Deacon Blue, as part of the Soul Nation Choir, at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro and performed as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, again with the choir.

The former coffee shop worker has also toured with Diana Vickers and played alongside The Proclaimers and Eliza Dolittle. Carrie’s cover of Erasure’s ‘A Little Respect’ has had more than 200,000 views on You Tube.

For more details and online tickets which are still available see: www.oaits.org Tickets are also on sale at Ma Simpson’s Music Shop, Evan Street, Stonehaven.