Superstar Emeli Sande kicked off her nationwide arena tour with an emotional homecoming gig in Aberdeen.
The Alford-raised singer-songwriter thrilled the crowd at a packed Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Despite having already played in front of the likes of then President of the United States Barack Obama and events such as the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony, it was the first time Emeli had made it to the AECC arena.
The date was one of 10 across the UK and Ireland as part of her Long Live the Angels tour.
Britain’s Got Talent singer Calum Scott provided support and warmed up the crowd with hits including a cover of Ed Sheeran and his own number two hit Dancing on My Own.
Excitement grew in the 40-minute wait between Calum going off stage and Emeli’s homecoming.
A mixture of young and old fans in the crowd had their eyes glued to stage in anticipation of the North-east siren kicking off her tour.
Arriving on stage shortly before 9pm in a blistering flash of red light, Emeli was a hooded figure on a raised platform.
Her latest EP Kingdom Coming is set to be released on November 3, but fans got a taste of what is to come with opening song Hurts.
She was joined by backing singers and full band dressed in white. As well as the expected guitar and drums, there was also three other musicians joining her on stage playing the sax, trumpet and trombone.
Telling fans it felt great to be home brought huge screams from the audience – and Emeli was home and the crowd adored her.
It has been eight years since the singer first burst into the UK music scene featuring on the Chipmunk track Diamond Rings in 2009.
An emotional gig, Emeli dedicated songs to the people of Aberdeen and talked about sharing the love. The 30-year-old told the Evening Express before the gig she had fallen in love with music all over again by taking risks.
It is hard not to be taken aback by the raw vulnerability of Emeli’s performances.
Her show is not faked or put on – there are subtle, sincere moments and moments where she composes herself between lines as if she has just revisited pain in her life that has led her to this point.
Having already bagged four Brit Awards, she spoke about being on the AECC stage made her feel like anything was possible and how growing up in Alford and Aberdeen got her ready for performing.
Hits including Clown, Beautiful and her first single Heaven were all among the brilliant set.
However, in the AECC on Saturday night the singer made the huge concert venue, which can cater for thousands of people, feel like an intimate gig.
Literally becoming the centre of attention, she left the main stage and carried on her performance bang in the middle of the venue where a piano was stationed.
In the modern day where everyone has a camera phone and ability to go live online it was refreshing to see hardly any phones stuck up in the air.
People chose to enjoy the gig through their eyes and not a screen.
Hit song Read All About It was belted out by pretty much everyone in attendance before Emeli finished the rest of the gig back on the stage, ending on crowd-pleaser Next to Me.