Scouting For Girls performing their The Best Of…UK Tour 2022 at Rock City Nottingham on Thursday 8th December 2022.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Rock City was again sold out on Thursday night when English indie pop band, Scouting For Girls delivered an evening of mayhem and high energy that never dipped all night.

Focusing heavily on their older material and celebrating a decade of music that never once seemed stale or outdated, they opened with I Wish I Was James Bond. Delivering a set list that contained all of their greatest hits, the crowd were quickly pumped up with the likes of It’s Not About You, Heartbeat and the very silly Michaela Strachan which was a delight.

The energy for which these childhood friends are known never faltered. Front man Roy Stride was always doing something on stage, bassist Greg Churchouse had some great interaction with the crowd, encouraging them to sing along and drummer Peter Ellard kept it all together.

Their 2010 hit, Famous, saw Stride on the balcony armed with a selfie stick as he surveyed the crowd before Butterflies saw him running around the stage. There was a lovely acoustic interlude with the timeless classics, Posh Girls and Dance With Somebody which were a real treat.

While the band’s music may not win any awards for originality, what they do deliver is fun drenched songs that have stood the test of time. This Ain’t A Love Song was a real highlight with Stride’s crooning touching the euphoric crowd before they finished the main set with Elvis Ain’t Dead.

For the encore there was their own Christmas song, Christmas In The Air (Tonight) which showcased their true range of musical abilities and involved audience participation and when they finished with their most loved She’s So Lovely, the crowd erupted to sing along to a song that remains a treasured track which shows no signs of disappearing any time soon.

As the fake snow fell bringing an end to a definite feel good gig, Scouting For Girls had shown that performing live is when the band really shines.