Surprise for Paisley students as rocker Paolo Nutini joins the party

Paisley crooner Paolo mixed happily with students as he took in the gig at the UWS student union.
09:33, 8 SEP 2016
BY COLAN LAMONT
Daily Record

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PLENTY of pop stars don’t like getting a single hair out of place, but Paolo Nutini loves to party hard and dance with his hometown fans.

The Paisley crooner made a surprise appearance in the town at the weekend and joined a 300-strong crowd who swarmed on the UWS Union.

It was hosting 90s dance revival gig AREAnthems on Saturday, a tribute to the Area discotheque venue that used to be a big local favourite.

Paolo had been enjoying a pint in Da Beers on the High Street with friends before he got chatting with some Buddies at the bar.

When they told him about the gig, he couldn’t resist a party.

Organiser John Lyon, who used to work in the old nightclub, said: “He was out with his mates and heard all about our night.

“He wanted to know where everyone was going and joined them.

“He stayed until closing time at 3am and had an absolute ball.

“He was fantastic with everyone and I lost count of how many selfies people got with him.

“I thought at one point he was being manhandled a bit and I asked if he wanted to go elsewhere.

“But he told me Paisley is his hometown and what could be better than being loved by all of his hometown fans.

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“Everyone wanted a piece of him and he didn’t even flinch.

“All he wanted to do was party and he did that well and truly.

“He might lead the lifestyle of the rich and famous but he was in his element here.”

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The fourth ARE Anthems gig was a massive success all around.

Planning is already under way for next year and John is hoping the show will be massive.

He added: “This year we got plenty of interaction from students and saw a lot of new faces.

“It was another sell-out so we will need to look at how to develop it to an even bigger and better event.”

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