A former Largs Academy pupil has been mixing things up since leaving school, joining one of the Number 1 tribute acts in the UK.

Heather MacDonald, 22, always dreamed of being on stage but says she never would have imagined that she would end up in a Little Mix tribute band.

Performing some of the nations favourite pop songs across the country, Heather makes up one quarter of Little Fix, performing as Jesse in the band.

Making a name for themselves as the UK number 1 at the National Tribute Music awards in 2017, Little Fix have gone on to perform on BBC One’s ‘Better Than the Real Thing’ with Paddy McGuiness.

Heather said: “The past year in particular has been mental, its been a bit of a whirlwind really.

“I always knew I wanted to be on stage performing but I don’t think you ever really think to yourself ‘I want to be part of a little mix tribute band’.

“But now it means I get to be on stage every weekend and I can’t think of anything better.

“I had my first solo gig when I was15 and it was just me, my guitar and a mic, which can be daunting.

“But being part of Little Fix has really helped me to grow and develop in such a fun way.

“Now I’m singing, dancing and engaging with the audience in a way that wasn’t as easy when I was on my own.”

Whilst studying business law at university, Heather had a significantly different part time job to other students, performing in the band every weekend.

She added: “It is definitely a lot of fun and now since finishing uni this is my full-time job.

“It can be full on with learning new songs and rehearsals, but I am doing what I love.

“When we got approached to be on BBC Better Than the Real Thing it all became a bit of a blur.

“We got flown down to London for creative meetings one week and then a few weeks later flown to Manchester for the recording.

“They put us up in a hotel and everything it was mad.

“It was long days of recording, I think we were there for about eleven hours, so it was a lot, but so worth it.”

Manager Scott Garvie formed the band almost three years ago, holding auditions for the parts.

Heather said: “It was strange when we all go the part to go in to a room and be like right we will be working together now, when we had never really met before.

“But we have genuinely become best friends, it’s not just about working together anymore, we will go visit each other during the week and are constantly talking on the group chat.

“We have become such a strong unit and I know people probably wouldn’t believe it with us being a group of girls, but we genuinely never argue.”

The group will perform at Barrfields theatre next year on Saturday February 16, having previously sold out their gig at the beginning of the year.

However, with Little Mix’s new album released the girls will be hitting the stage with all new songs, routines, costumes and lights.

Heather added: “I’m a bit nervous for next year it is going to be full on but I can’t wait.

“The great thing about our shows is that it means kids who might be able to afford or who don’t feel comfortable at a huge little mix concert, can come see us and still dance along to all the hits.”