Jul 27 2012 By Gavin McInally
SINGING star Paolo Nutini reckons he will have the time of his life tonight as he flies the flag for Scotland at a massive Olympics concert . . . without having to worry about his set being cut short.
There was a huge backlash from music fans earlier this month when American rocker Bruce Springsteen’s gig was brought to a premature end because he had carried on playing beyond the 10.30pm curfew set by Westminster Council.
However, council chiefs have announced that an "exceptional" 1am curfew will be in place at tonight’s Hyde Park show in London, which is being staged as part of the celebrations to mark the start of the 2012 Games.
Acts from each of the four home nations have been lined up to perform at the concert, with Duran Duran representing England, Snow Patrol singing for Northern Ireland, Stereophonics playing for Wales and Paolo appearing as Scotland’s representative.
And, in a blog to fans, the Paisley chart star said he can’t wait to take centre stage.
Paolo, who is a former pupil of St Andrew’s Academy in Paisley, said: "Being asked to be a part of any big event in a setting like Hyde Park is always an honour and to fly the flag for your country makes it even sweeter.
"I’m getting good vibes about the show. It’s a great big park with lots of life and people can come along, have a sing and a dance and let their hair down."
As an added bonus, music fans in Hyde Park will be able to watch coverage of tonight’s opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, which is being directed by award- winning film-maker Danny Boyle, with the action being beamed onto giant TV screens.
Councillor Audrey Lewis, licensing chairman of Westminster Council, said the crowd at Hyde Park will be able to enjoy the entertainment without having to worry about a music curfew.
She added: "The opening night of the Olympics is clearly an exceptional evening and the Hyde Park show is timed to run around the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
"It is not a case of a straight-forward concert night at Hyde Park and we took that into consideration when granting the application.
"It is clearly different from commercial shows that run throughout other parts of the year."
Meanwhile, Paolo is looking forward to supporting the British athletes in their quest for gold medals.
He added: "I’m backing them all. Scotland has some talented athletes, so they should do well."