Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Ayr Racecourse to feature Scouting for Girls at Ladies’ Night
By Iain Ferguson
There isn’t a more apt song than “She’s So Lovely” for Champagne GH Mumm Ladies Night, and there’s not a better named band for the night than the outfit who perform it - Scouting For Girls.
The prolific chart toppers (pictured above) will appear on an outside stage in the Paddock area after racing on 11 August, and will play a full concert featuring all their best known and loved songs.
Drummer Pete Ellard took time off from recording the band’s new album to speak about his visit to Ayr and tell how much he and his band mates Roy Stride and Greg Churchouse are looking forward to the gig.
“We all love these racecourse gigs,” Pete admitted. “There’s something about the buzz and excitement of the races that runs off on us. I think the combination of racing and live music really works.
“We've played quite a few such concerts after racing, and they go down so well. I know we are all up for it, and I like to soak up the atmosphere beforehand.
“It’s fair to say I like a flutter, so I’ll defintely be studying the form to try and pick a few winners on the night.”
Scouting For Girls have certainly had more than a few winners of their own in the chart stakes in their time - songs like the aforementioned “She’s So Lovely”, “It’s Not About You”, “Elvis Ain’t Dead” and “Heartbeat”, plus two top-selling albums “Scouting For Girls” and “Everybody Wants To Be On TV” - and Pete reveals a new bunch of songs are about to be released via a new album.
He said: “We’ve been working hard in the studio on new material we have written, and everything’s just about ready to go now. It’s two years since our last album, so we’re due a new one.
“We are perfectionists, and want to produce the best music we possibly can, and I can promise some exciting new songs for our fans.”
Pete then reminisced about playing in Scotland, and how much he, Roy and Greg love coming north to meet their fans and play their music.
He added: “This is our first official gig in Scotland this year - we played a closed gig in Glasgow recently, but the Ayr date will be the first time all of our fans in Scotland will have a had a chance to see us for quite some time.
“Scottish crowds are fantastic, and we’ve had some great gigs here - Barrowlands is a superb venue which we love, and we played T In The Park a few years ago, and that was special too.
“Now we are set to play Ayr Racecourse and can’t wait. I’m looking forward to playing before a massive crowd.”
Scouting For Girls are due on stage at approximately 9.00pm after the evening’s racing.
For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.
Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.