Pop band proves big hit as they perform acoustic gig at city store

Scouting For Girls performing live and meeting fans at HMV Norwich on Sunday.Photo : Steve Adams

Scouting For Girls performing live and meeting fans at HMV Norwich on Sunday.Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Music fans descended on a Norwich music store to see million-selling pop band Scouting For Girls put on an intimate acoustic performance.

Scouting For Girls performing live and meeting fans at HMV Norwich on Sunday.Photo : Steve Adams

Scouting For Girls performing live and meeting fans at HMV Norwich on Sunday.Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Dozens of people, most of them teenagers, queued patiently at the HMV store in Chapelfield to see the three-piece perform live and sign copies of their new album Still Thinking About You.

The band performed a short acoustic set in the city yesterday afternoon after having travelled up from Ipswich where they had been playing in the morning.

The Norwich crowd were urged to show they were more vocal than their Suffolk neighbours before the start of the set which included Heartbeat, This Ain't a Love Song and She's So Lovely as well as materiel from the new album.

As the set started a sea of smart phones bobbed up in the air to capture the band on cameras and video with shop staff as well as fans joining in with the filming.

Roy Stride, the band's frontman and songwriter, who thanked fans for coming and hoped he would see some of them again next month when they perform at the UEA.

He said: 'It was great fun.

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'Norwich and Norfolk is always treated us so well - its always the first show that sells out. Its always a place we love coming up to.

'It was great fun. It's good, its intimate and its nice to meet everyone as well.'

Fans also had a good time at the event.

For Eden Collins, 18, from Norwich, it was a first chance for her so see the band.

She said: 'It was really amazing to listen to them. I really enjoyed it.'

She said her favourite song was She's So Lovely.

Leanne Raby, 19, from Norwich, whose favourite song was also She's So Lovely, said: 'I've been a fan of the band for ages. Its the first time I've seen them - they were really lovely.'

Adrian Bishop, 48, from Norwich, said: 'They were brilliant and really worth coming to see.'

Laura Bowgen, from HMV, said events like this were really good for sales as well as being good for the fans who are able to get to see their idols.

Between 2008 and 2013 Scouting For Girls had four top 10 albums and four top 10 singles in the UK.

Their debut album Scouting for Girls topped the charts in 2008 and sold over 1m copies with 3 top 10 singles (She's so Lovely, Heartbeat, Elvis Ain't Dead).

Their follow up single This Ain't A Love Song reached No. 1 in 2010.

Of the new album Stride said 'We tried to make a collection of songs that worked together, which we'd never really done before.'

He added: 'We've embraced what people love about this band,' concluded Stride, 'and we've made the ultimate Scouting For Girls record.'

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