Prides – Headline Concert @ Koko London

Following up their recent success with the release of their debut album ‘The Way Back Up’ Synth-Pop trio Prides embarked on their biggest UK tour to date in late October 2015.

Stopping over at Camden’s famous ‘Koko’ on Thursday 12th November, it was time to get the London crowd dancing again. The last time Prides grazed London with a headline performance was back in July for their debut album release party.

‘Koko’ was packed with long time Prides lovers and new fans that were just about to experience the magic live for the very first time. The Scottish trio took to stage amid massive cheers from the crowd, kicking their concert off with ‘It’s Not Gonna Change’.

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Instantly following up with the feel good hit ‘Higher Love’. Due to the nature of Koko, the atmosphere is always amazing. You get to see your favourite acts perform in quite an intimate yet important venue and no matter where you are stood, you’ll always see the stage

Unless you’re at the bar, but oh well.

The Prides lads were without doubt on good form, joking on stage and genuinely being chuffed to be headlining ‘Koko’  and having come so far in the last year.

Stewart Brock reached out to the fans on several occasions thanking them for their long time support or welcomed all the new fans to the Prides family, having the whole place smiling back at him.

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Next up Prides performed ‘Linger On’ , an absolute beauty of a song that can be found on the deluxe version of their brilliant debut album ‘The Way Back Up’. Personally, I was very pleased with the song choice, as this is one of my favourite Prides songs, very 80’s and simply a quite nicely crafted pieces of music.

Before you even know it, Prides go on and smash an epic cover of Ellie Goulding’s recent single ‘On My Mind’ in your face, leaving you with a serious debate if you prefer the original or the wicked Prides version. (It’s all about the Prides live version!) This cover is just pure epicness, proving that Prides can take on any song and turn it into their very own.

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Having the crowd dancing, the next step was to get them sing in beautiful unison. Hence, playing fan favourite ‘Little Danger’ was a very good idea. The room went wild! Singing their hearts out and jumping and dancing all the way through, simply showing the band that their work is truly loved.

The great set continued with Callum, Stewart and Lewis pleasing the revellers with the well loved ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘I Should Know You Better’.

Next highlight of the night was an immaculate rendition of ‘The Kite String & The Anchor Rope’ that saw the two supporting acts of the night ‘Frida Sundemo’ and lead singer Ross of the band ‘Fatherson’, join Prides on stage for a stripped back performance.

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The whole of Koko fell silent, being captivated by the sheer talent on stage and the beauty it can create.

The last two songs called for a change of tempo as it was time to move those feet once again. ‘The Seeds You Sow’, one of the very early Prides songs always goes down well with the fans and this time was no exception!

Closing their energetic and simply feel good set was Prides massive hit single ‘Messiah’. If you haven’t heard that song yet – you surely must live under a rock.

The lads thanked everyone in the room for coming to this show and their support and quite frankly, how can you not like a band that is very talented, plays some kick-ass tunes and are just genuinely nice people?

Exactly, impossible.

x,

Mels Jukebox

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