Five minutes with… Scouting for Girls

Published: Friday 25th August 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Scouting for Girls perform as part of Cottingham Folk Festival on Sunday 27 August. We caught up with the iconic indie band to find out more about their set.

With several catchy hits, such as ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’ and ‘This Ain’t a Love Song’, the group rose to the top of the UK Charts just a year after being signed.

The childhood friends became Scouting for Girls a decade ago and are now celebrating their tenth anniversary with a series of smaller shows in local venues across the country.

The founding members of the group originally met at Cub Scouts, so it’s no wonder that their name derives from a 1908 Scouting handbook, Scouting for Boys. The London-based group consists of Roy Stride, on lead guitar/vocals and the band’s signature piano, Greg Churchouse on bass guitar, and Peter Ellard, who provides percussion.

The tenth anniversary tour kicks off in October after the boys’ appearance in Cottingham. It sees them visit fans in Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester, Guildford and their hometown, London. They promise to play their self-titled debut album in full, plus a number of other tunes.

The album actually reached number one in the UK Album Charts in 2008 and has sold a whopping 1,000,000 copies in Britain alone.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on our live shows. We were nominated for a BRIT Award for our live act in 2009,” they tell us.

The band was actually nominated for three BRIT Awards back in 2009, including Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single. This success was followed by a further appearance in the Best British Single category with ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’ in 2011.

“We just go all out and have a great time. It usually rubs off on everyone else in the room.”

The gig will be part of the wider Cottingham Folk Festival, which spans across four days and takes place at The Civil Hall and The Darby and Joan Hall.

“This is our third festival in Cottingham,” says Martyn Rudd, promoter for the festival. “The aim is to bring huge bands like Scouting for Girls to play special, intimate shows in the local village hall.”

According to Rudd, up to 2,000 people are expected to attend to see a range of local and international acts, such as the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Joanne Shaw Taylor.

“The line-up offers something for everyone, from the disco pop of Sophie to the blues vocals of Joanne,” Martyn expands. “Younger audiences will be catered for with a concert on Sunday afternoon, headlined by former X-Factor star, Lucy Spraggan.”

The Scouting for Girls gig in Cottingham is actually sold out, but if you want to catch the band at another local venue, they are also performing at Asylum in Hull University Union on Saturday 16 September.

To find out more about this weekend, please visit the festival website.

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Published: Friday 25th August 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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