Nina Nesbitt is one of the hottest properties on the UK music scene at the moment, so you can’t blame a Peebles restaurant for wanting to shout about welcoming her for a show this weekend.
Nina will play an intimate gig in the courtyard at Kailzie Gardens on Saturday, her first ever performance in the Scottish Borders.
Nina, 19, who has tasted chart success in the UK and Europe with self-penned tracks such as Selfie and her biggest hit to date, Stay Out, has a busy summer ahead of her with spots at festivals such as T in the Park and V Festival, so at Kailzie Gardens manager Emma Smith is thrilled that she’s calling to play a set at the restaurant.
“I have to confess I’ve only been a fan for a few months but managers Stuart and Amanda are into her in a big way,” she told ‘WOW’.
“We went to see her at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh and she was absolutely amazing.
“She has some great songs and she’s got terrific stage presence.
“We thought she’d be the perfect fit for Kailzie, so we thought we’d try our luck at getting her to come and play here and we’re overjoyed that it’s actually happening.
“There’s been a real buzz about the concert and it should be a great evening.”
Nina got her big break after playing a song for fellow singer songwriter Ed Sheeran when she was 16.
He loved her music so much that he promptly signed her up to join him on a European tour and, as they say, the rest is history.
Her first self-released EP, The Apple Tree, found itself being listened to by its fair share of famous ears including Radio 1 DJ Ferne Cotton. Nina was snapped up by Island Records and as her profile began to grow she was named Singer/Songwriter New Artist of the Year by iTunes at the end of 2012.
Last year brought more awards for Nina, with Vevo naming her their LIFT artist for 2013 ; the Scottish Style Awards crowning her Most Stylish Musician and the Scottish Music Awards giving her the award for Emerging Artist, an accolade previously won by Amy McDonald and Emeli Sande.
Other highlights of the past 12 months include recording a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop for a John Lewis advert, putting her in the same company as Lily Allen and Ellie Goulding, and performing the national anthem in front of 50,000 football fans.
Nina will be supported at her gig at Kailzie Gardens by Borders favourite Craig Jeffrey.
Tickets are still available from the restaurant for £16 and a BBQ is also being laid on.
You can order yours by ringing 01721 722807.