The MOBO Awards 2013
October 20, 2013 § 2 Comments
– Aka Two Girls Get Drenched, Drunk and Downright Lost in Glasgow.
Last night, my lovely friend Katie and I were lucky enough to attend the MOBO Awards at the Glasgow Hydro. Contrary to the incredibly glamorous stars who elegantly arrived via the red carpet, we rocked up looking like a pair of sweaty, rain-drenched dogs, having got incredibly lost on the streets of Glasgow and typically having been far too trusting of the Scottish weather and disregarding an umbrella! Having already consumed one too many glasses of wine before we arrived, my notes are in what can only be described as a drunken scribble, interspersed with the only bits of shorthand I know (mainly ‘the’ and ‘to’!) But the show must go on.
Among the acts to take to the stage for the MOBO Awards 18th birthday were Tinie Tempah, Rudimental, Miss Dynamite, Iggy Izalea, Laura Mvula, Naughty Boy and even So Solid Crew reunited for a much anticipated performance of 21 Seconds! Among those to present the awards were Craig David (sadly the real one, and not the Bo’ Selecta! version), The Sugababes (original line-up!), Kimberly Wyatt, Gabrielle and Jazzie B (whoever he is…)
Soul singer Laura Mvula was the star of the show, picking up two gongs for both Best Female Act and Best R&B/Soul Artist. Wiley picked up Best Male Act but couldn’t be there to accept it, which I was absolutely devastated about because I think I may secretly be his biggest fan… (!) Rudimental were presented with the Best Album award, and deservingly so as their performance was fantastic. Summer hit La La La by Naughty Boy won both Best Song and Best Video.
This was The Hydro’s first time hosting a major award’s ceremony, and it is hoped that the exposure from this event will assist the concert arena in securing more major music events. However, tickets for the main arena were still available at the Box Office before the event began and it was evidently well under its capacity of 13,000, with several unused areas of the venue concealed by large black screens to disguise the empty seats for TV coverage. The people of Glasgow too, contrary to their banterous reputation, were surprisingly and disappointingly tame, remaining quite motionless throughout, while Katie and I seat-danced like idiots.
Given all these free seats, you would assume that lovely people such as Katie and myself would be given some semi-decent seats somewhere even slightly close to the front… Alas, this was not to be! We were as far back as it was possible to be, practically rubbing up against the back wall of the arena, and had I not smartly remembered to run back into the house before leaving to grab my glasses, I would have been left desperately squinting at some blurry blobs, parading around on a large blurry black square. Great.
But anyway. To conclude, a fun night was had by all. After much more aimless wandering, 5 or 6 shots of Goldschläger, the DJ playing Happy Birthday for Katie and a horribly long meandering journey back to the Bus Station, we finally made it home by around 3am. I can’t say I’m feeling like a vision of health today, but I do have this lovely jumble of things that will set me right again in no time. If I can keep them down that is… Blurgh.