Scouting for Girls, a contemporary twist on the original Scouting for Boys and with very different ambitions. One was all about knots and badges (probably, I’m a girl, how would I know?!) and the other…well let’s just say plenty of girls found there way to Leeds O2 this week without the aid of a compass and an ordnance survey map. They had however managed to download the torch app on their phones…a contemporary twist on the anthemic lighter display which these days probably contravene all kinds of health and safety. Anyhow, I digress…last time I met Scouting for Girls it was my birthday and they were playing a special gig at Sheffield Winter Gardens (no connection sadly!). I photographed them back stage and thought then what a lovely bunch of lads. They’re all from London but lead Roy Stride has family in the region and has been involved in fund raising for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity so I guess he gets some extra brownie points for that (and who knows, maybe even a Blue Peter badge as well).
This time, support at the Academy arrived in the form of the Lovable Rogues of Britain’s got Talent fame. They’re not really for me but definitely worked as a warm-up. Then, the crowd went wild, as the first chords of ‘It’s Not about You’ sounded and there were smiles all round. No joke, on stage and off was just wall to wall happy. And much as I like my rock, where it’s more wall to wall pain and grimace, I just couldn’t help myself and I was soon singing along as I went about the merry business of music photography. The tunes are just so darned catchy plus they get a lot of airplay on R2. And the good energy had even spread to the lighting which was far better than usual.
After the usual three tunes I floated home on my very own ‘She’s so Luvverly’ cloud. They said Leeds was the best crowd and I believe them. Scout’s honour.