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

Say you’ll be my messiah – Prides at Heaven, London

Say you’ll be my messiah?

Thursday night, 12th February at the renown night club ‘Heaven’ some lovely Scots put on quite the nice show.

Better known as the band ‘Prides’ who play the very best of snythpop that is currently out there. Prides were touring the mighty United Kingdom again, to harvest the seeds they’d sown at their previous tour earlier this year.

So tonight was all about the London crowd, and what can I say, that London crowd was proper excited! With some dedicated fans queuing in the cold well before the doors opened.

Support came from Model Aeroplanes and The Wild Curve who left the crowd in anticipation of the headliner.

Round about 9pm the theme tune to Aladdin (Prince Ali) filled the venue and Stewart, Callum and Lewis entered the stage.

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They started their faced-paced hour long set with ‘Cold Blooded’ and the amazing ‘ The Seeds You Sow’. Next up was the new Prides single ‘Higher Love’ which went down an absolute treat. It’s always something special to hear brand new material live for the few first times, especially if this is your biggest headline show so far!

Needless to say the fans had done their homework and sang along with the chorus to ‘Higher Love’ leaving a smile on the Prides band faces.

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Next up were ‘Just Say It’ followed by ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Little Danger’.

Big Ups to Prides for their amazing stage setting. Seriously – So.Many.Lights. Plus, not forget about the lasers – pew pew.

Even though the setting meant that half of the show you couldn’t even see Lewis the drummer and sometimes it was even hard to see Stewart and Callum behind their keyboards, but – Hell yeah, it looked amazing!

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The crowd was having a great time, loads of dancing and obviously singing was going on. Which got even more intense as ‘I Should Know You Better’ was being performed. Following the glorious performance, the surprise guest Lauren Aquilina came on stage and together they sang the absolutely beautiful ‘Strong Enough’.

Just when you thought, it couldn’t get any better the boys played ‘Out Of The Blue’ – what a tune!

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The entire venue was singing on top of their voices and to round it all off the streamer cannons were let loose. Unfortunately this was also the time Prides went off stage and left the crowd wanting more.

‘Say you’ll be my Messiah’ chants rattled through Heaven, and as if the prayers had been heard the guys came back on stage.

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The boys were all smiling and surely weren’t done with this show yet. Stewart introduced the second part of the show, casually mentioning a certain ‘Mixtape’, which sent the crowd into a frenzy. If you have never heard of Prides doing the ‘Mixtape’, you are missing out.

‘Sing along if you know the words’ Stewart encouraged the fans.

And with that they launched in their 9 minute long mixtape, mashing up their personal favourite songs of 2014 in one musical masterpiece!

Those Prides guys are just super talented and they have all the rights to show it off with such an incredible performance.

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To round things up and to finish the gig on a high, it was time for ‘Messiah’. What can I say?

Clearly one of my favourite songs and despite having seen Prides a few times already, this song gets me every time.

The crowd went obviously proper crazy and things got even better as the grand finale neared and hundreds of balloons were released from the ceiling.

The amazing show had sadly come to an end but Prides weren’t the lovely bunch of Scots they are if they wouldn’t join the fans in the foyer for an after show drink.

You’ll always be my messiahs guys 😉

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