Prides – ‘The Way Back Up’ Album Launch – The Victoria, Dalston

~~ I’m really sorry for the delay in posting but I have been ill for the last few weeks and couldn’t update my blog. I hope you still enjoy this review – it’s worth it 😉 ~~

 

Thursday is the new Friday, right?

Living it well up to this saying, it was the night of Prides album launch party gig in London.

It all took place on 16th July 2015 in the lovely Victoria pub in East London’s Dalston.

The Scottish lads were up on stage at 9:30pm which gave the fans and the band plenty of time to get together before the show and enjoy one or two drinks and of course have some quality time for talks and photos.

That’s what I love about Stewart, Callum and Lewis, they always make sure to actually engage with their fans and love a good chat. What more can you ask for?

At half past nine it was time for the one hour dance party to start and what better way to kick things off with the amazing ‘Out Of The Blue’?

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It’s not that this was my first time seeing Prides live (for more Prides action click here) but this was the first time in a small venue where literally every single person knew the words and we all sang together beautifully like the Herald angels.

One of the best moments of this concert was right at the start, there is this one particular moment in ‘Out Of The Blue’ were you do a double clap, (this particular move shows that you are a true Prides fan 😉 )and it was kind of magically to see and hear the few hundred that had squeezed into the tiny venue clap at the same time. Judging by the smiles on Stewart’s and Callum’s faces, we did the boys proud that night.

‘Who bought our album The Way Back Up?’ asked Stewart excited and instantly got a massive cheer from the crowd. ‘And who of you got the deluxe version?’ Cue more cheering and hands being eagerly waved in the air. ‘Then you might now the next song, it’s called ‘Father’s Son’.

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The set was basically a top notch live performance of Prides debut album ‘The Way Back Up’. It was really cool to get to hear the new songs live so quickly after the album launch and I am sure everyone will cherish this special night forever.

During their set the guys spilled the beans over their band history and the things they’ve experienced along the way, never forgetting to thank their loyal fans who have been there from the start and all the others that have joined them over the time and decided to stay.  There was so much love in the room. Love for the music. Love for the band. Love for the fans. Love for each other.

Next up was fan favourite ‘Little Danger’ and now that everyone had purchased the album, the Victoria crowd was word-perfect despite all the jumping and dancing.

After ‘Just Say It’ and ‘I Should Know You Better By Now’ and not to forget Stewart being urged by the crowd to down the rest of the bottle of red wine the brilliant set came to an end.

One last chance to go crazy, as it was time for Prides smash hit ‘Messiah’, if you haven’t heard this song you surely have lived under a rock. This song is going to be my all time favourite Prides song as it holds so many fond memories.

‘Thanks so much for coming it we’ll be out there in a bit!’ the guys closed the show and of course kept their promise and joined the fans in the pub for some more drinks, chats, photos and other shenanigans.

I took the chance to get another drink and to catch up with my friend Tracey (who is a star in her own right 😉 ).

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Later that night I got the chance to chat to Lewis, Callum and Stewart and it was as funny as always. We have met each other quite a few times now and it does feel like catching up with some old friends, which is nice. They are the living proof that pop stars are just as much human as everyone else.

At the end of the day it all comes down to one question…

Are we human or are we dancers?

x,

Mels Jukebox

 

One Reply to “Prides – ‘The Way Back Up’ Album Launch – The Victoria, Dalston”

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