Remember when: Walk on up to the waterfront

A Concert Security guard sprays the audience with water during a Simple Minds concert in 1989. Picture: Alan Ledgerwood
A Concert Security guard sprays the audience with water during a Simple Minds concert in 1989. Picture: Alan Ledgerwood
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IT is likely to have had little effect on the swarms of Simple Minds fans squashed against the front row barrier at Meadowbank Stadium in August 1989.

A few squirts of water from a hand-held spray was what security staff were using to cool the frenzied crowd, many of whom had queued for hours to get near their idols.

The Rolling Stones at Murrayfield. Picture: David Moir

The Rolling Stones at Murrayfield. Picture: David Moir

Such scenes of euphoria have been played out time and time again in Edinburgh when musical heroes have taken to the stage to entertain their adoring fans. And it is likely that when teenage pin-ups One Direction play Murrayfield next summer, appreciation from their followers will be more than red hot.

This week, cinema seats across the city were waiting to be filled as the boy band’s first film – One Direction: This Is Us – was premiered in London. Fragile teenage hearts will likely be heard breaking when the film arrives in Edinburgh next week, as fans yearn for even more exposure to their idols as the credits roll.

Such was the case in April 1964 when The Beatles played the ABC in Lothian Road. The screams from emotional fans were so strong that the Liverpool boppers could barely be heard at times.

And in June 1999 – with a more mixed crowd of men and women – the atmosphere at Murrayfield was electric when The Rolling Stones took to the stage. More than 51,000 people soaked up the atmosphere of the occasion, which saw the rockers make a much delayed entrance.

The rugby stadium had seen similar energy two years’ earlier when Irish legends U2 arrived for the sell-out Edinburgh leg of their Popmart tour. Making dreams come true that night, one lucky girl was chosen to dance with frontman Bono.