By Lauren Simpson
I can’t imagine that Conor Maynard will ever really get used to having hundreds of young girls scream at him, but with no shortage of them at his Glasgow show, the teen sensation certainly seemed to be enjoying himself.
He was greeted by their deafening shrieks before jumping into action with upcoming single Animal and album track Take Off, closely followed by Vegas Girl, a recent single which gave the crowd a chance to sing along rather than just scream at him. His onstage energy relentless, Conor was able to keep the young audience dancing to upbeat tracks, but also slowed them down in all the right places.
With album track Pictures, Maynard offered the crowd an opportunity to wittily take pictures and tweet them to him, but I’m not sure the Glasgow girls really needed the invitation. The majority of them hadn’t put their camera phones down since he hit the stage.
Conor showcased strong vocals throughout his set, barely missing a note, despite bouncing around the stage in some slightly arrogant poses. Midway through the show he slowed things down and played a few songs acoustically, including covers of Nicki Minaj’s Starships and Rihanna’s latest single Diamonds, which were both vocally flawless.
Unfortunately R&B star Ne-Yo couldn’t be in Glasgow to perform his duet with Maynard, but Conor was joined on stage by rapper Anth for his track Headphones, which was a definite crowd-pleaser. Disappearing after Better Than You, Conor reappeared for his encore, saving his two biggest singles Can’t Say No and Turn Around for last. As expected the screams reached fever pitch and, as two of the few songs that everyone knew the words to, it might have been an idea for Maynard to play one of them earlier in the evening.
However, going out on a high was clearly Conor’s aim and despite my ears ringing from the deafening audience, he played a great headline show. I’m sure there’ll be a return to Glasgow for Vegas Boy, but I doubt it’ll be at the ABC; the venue just wasn’t big enough for the terrifying levels of Maynard Mania.