Prides at Shepherds Bush Empire

Having to open up a show for another artist is never the easiest thing to. However, Prides managed to turn the tables and got the crowd dancing and singing within a blink of an eye.

The three Glaswegian guys are currently on tour with Kiesza, supporting her at the UK Shows.

On Tuesday 24th March it was time for the London show. The Shepherds Bush Empire was fully packed as soon as the doors opened an everyone was getting ready for a great night of live music.

First on stage was the lovely Chloe Black getting the crowd ready for the main support ‘Prides’.

At 8:30 pm the Prides logo on stage lit up and Stewart, Callum and Lewis made their way on stage. ‘Hi we are Prides from Glasgow’, Stewart introduced the band before kicking off their set with ‘The Seeds You Sow’.
Having just finished their own headline tour, Prides were absolutely fuelled with energy with their keyboard action on point, instantly following up with ‘Just Say’.

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Next up was ‘Little Danger’ where Stewart got the crowd involved. Encouraging the whole of Shepherds Bush Empire to sing the ‘I wanna be’ part of the chorus.
And the Empire followed suit, putting a smile on the guys faces.
It was a beautiful sing a long, even people who had never heard of Prides before were joining in and slowly falling for these guys amazing music.

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Stewart, Callum and Lewis followed with their recent single ‘Higher Love’ and I am quite sure that there was a lot of love for Prides in the place.

Launching into the amazing ‘I Should Know You Better By Now’ followed by the beautiful ‘Out Of The Blue’ it was almost the end of the Prides set.

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However, if you have ever been to a Prides gig, you know that it is not the end until the last chords of ‘Messiah’ slowly fade away.
Callum, Stewart and Lewis gave it their best one last time and rounded things up with their smash single ‘Messiah’, instantly getting the crowd dancing and singing along.

The guys thanked everyone and cleared the stage for Kiesza.

After the gig I hung out by the Merchandise where I met the lovely Greer ( who runs the brilliant Lewis Prides Fan Blog ) and the amazing Tracey. Killing the waiting time with some drinks and chats, suddenly Stewart, Callum and Lewis emerged from the vaults of Shepherds Bush Empire and joined us for a little chat.

Mels Jukebox & Prides

Mels Jukebox & Prides

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I would like to say special ‘Thanks’ again to Stewart, Callum and Lewis for inviting me to this amazing evening and the great chats we had after the show.

What have we learned today?

If you love your synth-pop, definitely check out Prides as they are the most lovely and talented bunch of Scots 🙂

x,

Mels Jukebox

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Video shoot with Prides

Earlier in October I was an extra for the new Microsoft Lumia promo video featuring the amazing Prides. The shoot was in a pretty cool live music venue in South London.

Upon arrival I met some other extras and it turned out not all of them were fans and some of them didn’t know what band was shooting today. So I made it my mission to properly introduce them to the lovely Glaswegian Prides.

Let’s just say, I did pretty well and to be honest it doesn’t take a lot of convincing that Prides are just absolutely brilliant.

At some point the band arrived and made their way inside, however not for too long, as Stewart, Callum and Lewis came back outside again and got chatting to the fans and extras that had gathered for the shoot.

Shortly after I had my hair and makeup done and got changed into my leather jacket now looked pretty rock ‘n’ roll, we got called inside the venue and gathered around the stage as filming was about to begin.

We filmed a few scenes and it was actually quite fun. Between changing camera settings or camera angles Prides fooled around on stage which was very much to the liking of everyone on set.

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After about three hours of shooting it was time for the last shot of the day and everyone was happy that it was done.

Before heading back home I managed to catch Stewart, Callum and Lewis for a cheeky photo – Fangirl success!

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I have to say, they were really lovely and despite having been filming half the day, they gave me a few minutes of their precious time and we got chatting about how far they have come. I felt like a proud auntie again, telling them that I was bursting with Pride 😉 as they opened up for Blink 182 at the O2 Academy Brixton in August, after I had first seen them earlier this year play ‘The Social’ at Oxford Street.

They were pretty chuffed to hear that.

Obviously, all good things have to come to an end and they had to head off and so was I.

It has been an incredible experience and it was such an honour to meet you guys.

Have fun watching the video – don’t glimpse or otherwise you’ll miss my outstanding performance 😉

Mels Jukebox