Nina Nesbitt on song for T in the Park’s birthday

Nina Nesbitt can't wait to play at Scotland's biggest party. Picture: AP

Nina Nesbitt can't wait to play at Scotland's biggest party. Picture: AP

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Pop princess Nina Nesbitt will celebrate her 19th birthday at T in the Park – which held its inaugural event the year she was born.

The pint-sized singer is one of the key acts performing at this year’s T20, and Nina says she can’t wait to let her hair down celebrating her big day at Scotland’s biggest party.

She said: “I’m very excited... I really can’t wait.”

The star – receiving widespread airplay on stations like Radio 2 in the run up to the festival – will be appearing at King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, alongside top acts such as Alt-J, Palma Violets and Scots favourites Travis.

The Edinburgh singer-songwriter, who is currently based in London, has previously played the festival before, but this year marks her first foray on to one of the bigger platforms and sends a clear signal she’s seen as one of pop’s upcoming big name acts.

She added: “It’s not really sunk in that it’s festival season yet because I haven’t done one so far this summer, but I really can’t wait to get back. Last time was amazing.”

Though commitments with family and friends mean she won’t be able to stay the entire weekend, Nina revealed she is hoping to see US superstar Rihanna headline the main stage next Saturday night.

“I saw her play live when I was 12 and she was brilliant,” she said. “She wasn’t quite as raunchy back then so it was okay that I was so young.”

Nina is currently riding high after being chosen as music video website Vevo’s featured up and coming artist, following in the footsteps of stars like Rita Ora and Conor Maynard.

Radio 2 DJ is Jo Whiley, 48, also giving her latest single Way In The World some serious airplay.

It tells of her frustrations while waiting for her first big break.

She said: “When I was 16 I worked as a sales assistant in River Island in the St James Centre for about three months.

“I really wasn’t very good at it and spent a lot of time just wishing I could escape. Way In the World is all about that, just wanting to run away from your job and go hang out with your friends.”

Fans of Nina who missed out on T in the Park tickets needn’t despair, as she is also currently touring – though unfortunately won’t be playing her hometown on this occasion.

She said: “I know, I know, I’ve had a lot of people asking how I could miss out Edinburgh, but it just wasn’t possible to schedule in a date this time. I did do a gig at The Liquid Rooms recently and that was a fantastic experience – I used to go to gigs there!

“All my mates came down, it was great.”

The festival – which started in 1994 – will be closed this year by The Killers.

jen.lavery@edinburghnews.com

Girl from balerno got lucky break

BALERNO girl Nina didn’t pick up a guitar until she was 15. She taught herself and began to record songs in her bedroom before posting them on YouTube.

Her big break came, however, after a chance meeting with Brit Award winner Ed Sheeran. He invited her to support him – immediately exposing the up- and-coming star to his muso fanbase.

Last year she signed to Island Records, who also have stars such as George Michael, Paul Weller, and Mumford and Sons on their roster.

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