Monday the 30th November saw the long awaited return of the amazing ‘Scouting For Girls’, as the trio was due to play their homecoming show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire.
The venue was packed and the anticipation was slowly growing to an unbearable state, partly caused by the good tunes that were played upfront, getting the whole audience in the right mood.
At 9pm Roy, Greg and Pete took to stage and kicked of an excellent concert in style, performing ‘Bad Superman’ one of the brilliant songs from their new album ‘Still Thinking About You’.
Having the crowd singing along from the first chord and surely knowing how to make an entrance, they smashed out their hit single ‘Heartbeat’ and the new song ‘Still Thinking About You’ straight afterwards.
Welcoming the London crowd, singer Roy Stride rose to speak, ‘Shepherds Bush Choir, are you ready? Who wants to be famous? , he asked.
Earning him massive cheering, the band launched into ‘Famous’, while Roy jumped all over the stage filming the crowd and his band mates with the help of a smartphone and selfie stick. Obviously the fans went wild, every time the camera pointed towards the crowd.
Following up such an energetic start there was no room to breathe. ‘Scouting For Girls’ made sure that every single person in the room had a good time, with front man Roy Stride reaching out to the Shepherd’s Bush Choir on numerous occasions, making sure everyone was on the same page.
Even if you hadn’t had the chance to learn all the lyrics to the new songs, the trio had you covered, taking their time and teaching the lyrics to the chorus upfront, so that everyone could join in.
This act and the general kindness that ‘Scouting For Girls’ spread that night made this concert worthwhile. Pete Ellard, Greg Churchouse and Roy Stride are genuinely nice people who simply love performing and engaging with their fans. Playing a rather intimate venue as well is a massive plus that naturally gives more room to create a very special atmosphere.
Shepherds Bush Choir was back out in full force to show off some impressive singing skills and being word perfect as the well-loved older songs got performed. Needless to say, that the likes of ‘James Bond’, ‘Aeroplanes’ and ‘Michael Strachan’ left massive smiles on everyone’s faces.
Upping the ante once again, the room went completely crazy during the performance of ‘Posh Girls’. Shouting along the famous words ‘Boys at school!’ the fans went wild, jumping and dancing around.
Keeping the up-tempo beat, what happened next was an absolute treat for everyone who had been around the ‘Scouting For Girls’ camp for a long time. As Roy mentioned, they hadn’t played this particular song in a while and tonight was the decider. As the first drum beat hit the crowd there was no turning back, ‘ 1 + 1 ‘ sent the Shepherds Bush Empire into a right frenzy. This surely wasn’t the last time this gem got performed live.
The room being on the brink of downright losing it, things slowed down for the first time that night. It was time to play another new song, ‘Castles’ went down amazingly well and sounding truly beautiful. Staying on the more heartfelt side, ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’ saw the Shepherds Bush Choir back out in beautiful harmony.
Making sure that the choir had a chance to truly shine and show what they are made of, Roy Stride addressed the crowds ‘ Shepherds Bush Choir, for this next one, the chorus is all yours. Sing it on your own!’. Having said that, the three utterly nice blokes instantly made everyone blurt out an ‘Oh my God’ as they cheekily started playing Bon Jovi’s ‘Living On A Prayer’. The next few minutes can only be described as pure epicness. Big up the terrific Shepherds Bush Choir!
After over an hour of excellent music the band went off stage only to come back for a stunning encore. Having quickly changed into fancy Christmas jumpers, ‘Scouting For Girls’ performed their Christmas song ‘Christmas in The Air (Tonight)’.
Getting the whole venue into the festive spirit with their brilliant attire and all the fairy lights all over the stage singer Roy Stride pledged ‘ This is gonna be the Christmas No.1 this year, and despite not being there yet, let’s party like we already made it!’.
Obviously the crowd followed suit, impressing the band once again as the fans sang the chorus together in beautiful unison.
Unfortunately all good gigs have to end at some point and so it was time for the last song of the night. Wrapping it up on stage and thanking everyone for coming and making it such a special night, ‘Scouting For Girls’ properly smashed it with their performance of the fan favourite ‘She’s So Lovely’.
Going crazy one last time and singing their hearts out, band and fans were both left with big smiles at the end of the night.
This concert was – hands down – one of the best I have been to this month!
It was so much fun and it actually felt like seeing your mates on stage and just having a good time.
Thanks to Roy, Greg and Pete for being amazing human beings and quite frankly for knowing how to make the fans happy 🙂