Calum Scott in Durban. Due to a massive outcry from Durban fans, Calum Scott added a date here in Sunny Durbs for his Only Human South African Tour. “Durban fans had social media buzzing with the request to have Scott add a date for them on the tour and since the announcement at the end of August, tickets sales have been incredible for the event with just a handful left.”
Originally only set to play in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Calum Scott was over the moon to add another date which turned out to be his biggest crowd yet. Just over 5000 adoring fans flocked to Botanical Gardens to see the grateful Calum Scott perform at his biggest headlining act to date.
Scott’s heart-warming appearance on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 shot him to instant global stardom, and when he officially released his audition song ‘Dancing On My Own’ as the lead single from his debut album 'Only Human', it took the world by storm. ‘Dancing On My Own’ quickly charted in over 34 countries on Spotify, peaking at No. 1 on the Viral chart in six, including the U.S. Now certified Platinum in four countries, 3 times Platinum in South Africa, it was the best-selling U.K. single of 2016 by a British solo artist and was nominated for a Brit Award for Best Single. The song has over 550 million streams worldwide, while views of the video are approaching 225 million.
'Only Human' is the result of a long, cathartic songwriting journey. The album has already gone Gold in South Africa, with single ‘You Are The Reason’ reaching 3 times Platinum in SA. Filled with deeply personal material, Scott’s ability to transform pain into beauty is undeniable, whether he is addressing coming out to his father, unrequited longing, adolescent isolation, or the gratitude he feels toward his sister Jade, who pushed him to sing on stage for the first time and auditioned alongside him on Britain’s Got Talent.
Calum was supported by the three-piece band from Cape Town called Opposite The Other, this is not the first time we have had the pleasure of this band and it is obvious they are quickly becoming a huge hit with Durban fans. Formed just over 18 months ago, these guys are on the rise fast! We look forward to watching the evolution.
For a change, the weather held out this time down at Botanical Gwereardens. Slightly chilly but overall great weather for a concert in the park. Our MCs for the night from East Coast Radio were out on the stage telling us an inspiring story of how Calum came to fame. Accompanying his sister to her audition at Britain’s got talent, he agreed to audition as well as support for her and what happened? His sister got cut he landed the golden buzzer!
Finally, its time for our main act to grace the stage, Calum steps out onto the stage and the crowd absolutely loses it. An emotional Calum greets his fans and explains how this is the biggest crowd he has ever performed for and that this night will always be close to his heart. As if the fans couldn’t love him anymore. Calum definitely brought his best game for this evening, he captivated the fans and delivered an amazing, energetic performance. Botanical Gardens was the perfect setting for the atmosphere and a beautiful night was had by all. We hope to see Calum Scott back in Durban soon and I’m sure we will as he has apparently fallen in love with our famous Bunny Chow.
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