From Wembley to Southsea – fans enjoy intimate gig

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MUSIC fans were given the chance to see a top band up close and personal at an intimate gig.

Indie-pop favourites Scouting For Girls are used to performing at sell-out arena tours.

SMALL VENUE Scouting For Girls ' from left, Pete Ellard, Greg Churchouse and Roy Stride with fans Sally Pattenden, 36, from Havant, left, and Philippa Jones, 36, from Widley. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (131738-9411)

SMALL VENUE Scouting For Girls ' from left, Pete Ellard, Greg Churchouse and Roy Stride with fans Sally Pattenden, 36, from Havant, left, and Philippa Jones, 36, from Widley. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (131738-9411)

But last night they played a much smaller, acoustic, gig at the Fat Fox in Southsea’s Albert Road.

The event was part of Wave 105’s Up Close and Personal gig series where big bands take over small venues.

Tim Howell, 27, of St Ronan’s Road in Southsea, was one of the lucky few to attend.

He said: ‘It’s good for the local music scene here that a band like Scouting for Girls are playing in Albert Road.

‘Obviously you would normally expect a band like them to play somewhere much bigger so it shows Portsmouth and Southsea are doing a good job to keep up with that.

‘I really like Scouting for Girls, and they seem like really decent guys as well which always makes it better.

‘Hopefully when things like this happen again they will come back to Southsea.’

The band has had 11 Top 40 hits and performed sold-out arena tours.

Now, they are celebrating the release of their Greatest Hits album, due out on July 29.

The 45-minute performance was packed full of hits, including She’s So Lovely and Elvis Ain’t Dead.

There was also an opportunity for fans to meet the band for autographs and photographs after the show.

Katie Smith, 25, of Powerscourt Road in Copnor, said: ‘It was a bit different to what you might expect when seeing a band like Scouting for Girls.

‘I was really glad to get tickets.

‘I have been to see a few bands recently and it’s always so difficult and expensive to get tickets for the big arena tours, so to see them live in such a small place was great.

‘Gigs are always fun but it’s ones like this that you remember for a long time.’