Amber Wilson is known in AMBY’s books as a lovely person with a gorgeous voice. After seeing her tour with Bombay Bicycle Club twice, we can truthfully state her live performances are a treat. Knowing how great she and BBC made us feel in the audience made AMBY wonder: What’s the thrill like onstage? So we spoke with Amber about her five favourite gigs! And trust us, we can completely understand her choice for number five- for this is one of the most memorable concerts we’ve ever been to.
#1 Supporting Fionn Regan at The Tunnels, Aberdeen, February 2007
Fionn Regan’s “The End of History” is one of my favourite albums of all time. I was lucky enough to support him during his promo tour right before its release. It was an intimate, candle lit night with the friendliest, most attentive audience I have ever played to. His set also completely blew me away, and I walked away with a free signed copy of his album. Great memories indeed.
#2 Kintyre Songwriters Festival, Kintyre, May 2011
This was definitely one of my more memorable gigs. After playing many a gig in packed pubs and having to contend with a room full of rowdy drunks, I really appreciated playing at the Kintyre Songwriters Festival, where simply separating the bar from the stage made a huge difference to the atmosphere. For a little voice like mine, it was a relief to perform to an audience of listening ears. They even sang along to my super gangsta’ cover of Tupac and Dre’s ‘California Love’! It was hilarious.
The organisers were incredibly hospitable, they put us up in the hotel for the night, and really made us feel at home.
The car journey there was amazing too, driving through the Trossachs and down the west coast, listening to Simon & Garfunkel, on a gorgeous day. Bliss.
#3 Kirkwall East Church, Orkney, May 2008
I don’t often play solo gigs because I am paranoid about my terrible guitar playing. But this was a gig where I felt like I nailed it for some reason. It was my first solo gig in Orkney after having lived there for 6 months, and I was scared no one would turn up! However, a heap of my friends all came down at the last minute and made my night. It was a varied audience of all ages and my set went down really well. I remember being chuffed that I got a lovely review in the local paper the following week! When I think about that gig and Orkney I feel all warm and fuzzy – it’s such a beautiful place with some really lovely people.
If I could pick every all the gigs I have played with Bombay, I would, because they have all been amazing and special in some way. I feel so lucky to have been a part of their show and to have met so many lovely people along the way.
Last year’s Berlin gig was definitely one of the most memorable ones. I had been excited about performing in Berlin the minute I saw my first tour dates, and the gig didn’t disappoint. The venue was really quirky with colourful graffiti everywhere, it had such a great vibe. The audience was a sea of attractive German music lovers, dancing their asses off and singing along.
I also got to catch up with a few friends I hadn’t seen in ages. It was just such a happy night.
I had never been to New York before, so the whole time I just felt like I was in a movie and couldn’t stop smiling. I woke up buzzing, as I had managed to cram in pretty much every tourist activity you can think of the day before! The show was sold out, I was so nervous! It was great though, so much energy from the crowd and the lights were particularly good.
After the gig, I went up to the top of the Empire State building with my friends Jess and Ian. It was an epic way to end the evening.
Alicia & Yaz Atout