'Believe in yourself!' - Jess Glynne and others give advice to their younger selves to celebrate 15 years of BIG GIG

3 July 2016

Jess Glynne, Fleur East and Matt DeFreitas are among the stars who helped Girlguiding celebrate 15 years of its inspiring and entertaining girl-only pop concert BIG GIG this weekend

Thousands of girls aged 10-plus converged on Wembley on Saturday 2 July for the 15th anniversary special concert, with acts including BB Diamond and Jess Glynne, fresh from a stint at Glastonbury.

To mark the anniversary, current acts, and those from the past 15 years, revealed to Girlguiding the advice they wish they’d had at 15 years old.

Being unafraid to try and fail, not taking life too seriously and resisting peer pressure were all themes running through the advice from the stars.

Jess Glynne, who headlined the anniversary gig, said: 'Believe in yourself, and stand up for what you believe in.'

Fellow performer Fleur East said: 'It will happen. Keep working hard!'

Matt DeFreitas said: 'I wish I'd known that life shouldn't be taken too seriously. Have fun with it, do what you believe in and live every day to its fullest!'

Calum Scott, who also performed, said: 'I wish I’d have known that it’s always better to try and fail than to not try at all – what matters is how you pick up yourself up and what you learn!'

And Roman Kemp, who presented the gig, said: 'I wish I had known to not be scared on taking chances on yourself and to not be worried about putting your eggs in one basket. If you want it to work, it will.'

Since starting in 2001, Girlguiding’s BIG GIG has entertained over 30,000 Guides and members of The Senior Section, with past acts including Calvin Harris and The Vamps.

Olly Murs, who headlined in 2012, said: 'I wish I'd known that it's OK if you try and fail - it's how you pick yourself up afterwards that counts.'

At 15 I wish I'd known that it was okay to not want to do what your friends or peers wanted to do. And that it's also okay to not even know what you want to do too. It's great to know what you want but it's also okay to not know and spend a while figuring out who you are - Gabrielle Aplin, who played at the BIG GIG in 2015

Girlguiding offers a host of amazing opportunities to girls and young women aged five to 25, from international travel and outdoor adventure sports to peer mentoring, advocacy and leadership skills.