Alessia Cara enjoys festival adrenaline with 'awesome' T in the Park debut

Alessia Cara continued her phenomenal global breakthrough 12 months at T in the Park, hailing the Scottish crowds as "warm" and "welcoming".

The 19-year-old Canadian singer took to the main stage on the opening day of the festival for just her second performance in Scotland, having supported Coldplay at Hampden Park in Glasgow last month.

Alessia Cara on the main stage at T in the Park
Alessia Cara on stage at Strathallan Castle (Jane Barlow/PA)

She said: "I heard that Scottish crowds were like that and of course seeing it for yourself is a whole different thing. They were singing and just being really loud and fun, so it was awesome."

Alessia has had a stellar year after her debut track Here became one of the viral hits of 2015, followed by a guest spot on Taylor Swift's 1989 tour and being named as runner-up in the BBC Sound of 2016.

She said that T in the Park had been high on her festival performance wishlist after being told that "the Scottish crowds are so warm and that you'll have the best time", adding: "So I'm glad that it actually was that way."

The singer, who also recently performed on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury, started off her career at a young age creating a YouTube channel where she gathered tens of millions of views of songs she covered.

The Wild Things singer was awarded Breakthrough Artist of the Year at this year's Juno Awards and was announced as a supporting act for Coldplay in the European and North American legs of their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour.

Alessia Cara on the main stage at T in the Park
Alessia has quickly acquired a global legion of fans (Jane Barlow/PA)

Alessia - who turns 20 on Monday - said: "Everything has been going so fast. I feel that I haven't really had a chance to process, it's just one thing after another.

"The tour and festivals have been taking up much of the year so far and they will continue to take up this whole year as I'm going to be touring with Coldplay in the US, as well as a bunch more festivals this year.

"It's just been going so fast, but the adrenaline is so high that it feels really fun."

Next up for Alessia is the third single from her album, Scars to Your Beautiful, which follows hot on the heels of the release of a duet with Troye Sivan on a remixed version of his track Wild.

Alessia said she feels "very lucky and blessed" by her rapid rise to stardom, adding: "This is something that's been in my head my whole life and you never really think it's going to actually happen, so the fact that it is happening is really nice."

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