REVIEW: Conor Maynard, O2 ABC, Glasgow

Conor Maynard
O2 ABC, Glasgow, 5/11/12

Teen sensation Conor Maynard was greeted by a hoard of screaming fans when he took to the stage at the O2 ABC.

And the reaction wasn’t surprising for anyone who’d been anywhere near Glasgow’s city centre. Fans of the 19-year-old singer queued outside the Sauchiehall Street venue from as early as eight in the morning, with the line steadily building down the street and round the corner throughout the day.

When the doors finally opened, the mostly female crowd rushed to secure their spot at the front of the stage as their parents rushed to the bar at the back. The hysteria in the atmosphere was reminiscent of something you’d imagine at a Justin Bieber concert, so it’s not difficult to see why the two have so often been compared.

PW and Starboy Nathan were on hand to warm up the audience for the man himself and they kept the fans busy as they sang their own tracks and getting them even more excited for the main event.

Fans’ tension continued to build as the stage was prepared for Conor’s entrance – one girl had to be escorted from the audience as she had fainted with excitement. The security guards then began handing out water and had to ask everyone to take a step back. The hysteria that follows Conor doesn’t seem to be fading any time soon.

When he finally arrived on stage, the scream from the crowd was deafening. He launched into his chart hit Vegas Girl and was immediately pelted with underwear and various other items. The crowd continued their screaming and at one point Conor even had to ask everyone to move back as the people at the front were being crushed.

Joined on-stage by two guitarists, a drummer and a keyboard player for the 45-minute set, Conor performed tracks from his debut album Contrast, including Pictures, Better Than You and Mary Go Round.

Next, it was time for some acoustic tracks. Conor chose to cover Nicki Minaj’s Starships and Rihanna’s Diamonds and made both songs completely his own. The Brighton boy also showed off his keyboard skills and it becomes clear to see why people like Ne-Yo and Pharrell Williams are lining up to work with him.

After leaving the stage briefly, Conor returned to close the show with his hit singles Can’t Say No and Turn Around, which usually features Ne-Yo. As he left the stage for the final time and the fans slowly filtered out of the venue, the atmosphere was still buzzing. Conor definitely made an impression and left his fans very happy. With his mix of pop and RnB that’s proving popular in the charts right now, couple with outstanding vocals, the future looks bright for this young star.


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