A review of Lucy Spraggan playing the Hothouse stage stage on the 2nd of August at Belladrum 2013.

Lucy Spraggan at Belladrum 2013

There were queues of people outside the Hot House tent trying to fight their way in to catch a glimpse of rising star, Lucy Spraggan. She brought something wholly unique to the X Factor and managed to gain legions of fans, it seemed almost everyone at Belladrum was a fan.

The sing-alongs were massive, the crowd was bouncing and Lucy looked like she couldn’t be happier. Her set of hip-hop acoustic tunes were delivered impeccably to the delight of the packed tent.

With over 23 million views on youtube “Last Night” is easily one of her biggest hits, and it received an incredible reaction from the crowd who hung on every word. She auditioned for The X Factor with her own material , which has grown to be an internet sensation – the song I’m talking about is, of course, “Tea and Toast”. Before playing the song she told the story of the song and then proceeded to sing one of the most touching songs we’ve heard from a ‘hip-hop’ artist.

Lucy Spraggan at Belladrum 2013

Between songs she displayed her warm personality, and proved that no matter how much exposure she has received, she’s still a normal girl from Sheffield trying to make it in the music industry. Songs such as “Jeremy Kyle” about her love for the daytime TV maestro show how grounded she really is. Suddenly it was clear why the tent was so packed, Lucy is just another one of us – fulfilling her dreams.

You can read her recent interview with us.

Photos by Thomas Bisset, click  to contact the photographer.

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Ever since I could understand it, I have been fascinated by the English language. It connects us, yet is also a key factor in defining us all as individuals. Combining my interest in journalism and my passion for music had always been something of a dream for me. I spent much of my teenage years travelling round the country to go to gigs, then would write up short pieces to be kept in a scrapbook of memories.

Since being given the opportunity to start writing for Inverness Gigs around six months ago, I have developed my skills and passion further. I have interviewed some of Scotland’s up and coming artists, I was part of the team providing extensive coverage of this year’s Belladrum festival, I regularly attend gigs around the local area – helping to provide support to the many high quality bands around, as well as having the opportunity to review some of the higher profile shows.