Stooshe will bring girl power to concert at Scunthorpe Baths - snap up your tickets now
A girl group with attitude - Stooshe - is set to rock the Scunthorpe Telegraph’s 75th Birthday Bash.
The London-based three-piece, who are the latest group to join the anniversary line-up, have not only disregarded the girl band code of conduct – they have ripped it into shreds.
They swear, they wear weird clothes and they have opinions.
And in an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, they talked about their latest hit.
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The girls had their debut hit with Love Me earlier this year, and all expectations are for their new single Black Heart to be a new entry inside the official Top 5 this Sunday, which peaked at number five, are currently at number four on iTunes with their new single Black Heart.
The Scunthorpe Telegraph has teamed up with Lincs FM and the Baths Hall to stage the concert on Friday, July 20.
Stooshe will join X-Factor’s Misha B and boy band Lawson in the line-up, which will fill the Doncaster Road venue to its 1,800 capacity and put Scunthorpe on the music map.
Boisterous, mischievous, outgoing and witty, Alex Buggs, 22, Courtney Rumbold, 19, and Karis Anderson, 22, are three brilliantly distinct personalities.
Karis said the new single took their music in a new direction.
“It’s a ballad and it’s the opposite of what we’ve done so far,” she said.
“I think we made our mind up that with every single, we are going to reinvent ourselves. This one is a bit Motown-esque.”
The band’s name, a nod to street slang “stoosh”, which means everything from “expensive” to “thinking you’re too nice”, also makes a nod to Spice Girls-esque girl power by adding a “she” on the end. “Actually, it’s time for woman power,” said Alex.
“We love the Spice Girls and we’d love to achieve even a third of what they have.”
The band has an album due out later this month.
Karis said: “I think we’ve got one more song to do.”
Courtney said: “We went to our label with our album basically done, so we’ve just been doing promos since we signed to them, finishing off a song here and there. We fully developed our brand and were like, ‘take it or leave it’.” Rewind just ten months ago and the trio were three solo singers trying to make it in the murky business of music.
“We just got on so well, it made sense,” said Courtney. With Perry quickly realising she had found three like-minded creative individuals, she encouraged them to become involved in the writing process.
Now, as well as co-writing all the tracks, the three are also learning to produce, mix and engineer. All three also rap as well as sing.
“You can’t have a band like Stooshe and not write the lyrics,” said Courtney.
“We’re all so individual, and we’ve all got big mouths, so there’s no way we can’t be 100 per cent involved in the whole process.”
The bash, which is being sponsored by Pepperells Solicitors and The Grimsby Institute, will see some popular music acts light up the stage at the town’s £15-million entertainment venue.
Marshall Flockhart, commercial manager at Pepperells Solicitors, said: “Pepperells Solicitors is proud to join the Scunthorpe Telegraph and Lincs FM in sponsoring the Scunthorpe Telegraph’s 75th Anniversary Birthday Bash.
Putting something back into the community has always been an aim of the firm and consequently we have a long history of sponsorship and participation in community events
“We are a local law firm that has been providing a wide range of legal services to Scunthorpe and the surrounding areas for more than 25 years.
“Putting something back into the community has always been an aim of the firm and consequently we have a long history of sponsorship and participation in community events.
“We wish the organisers a successful Birthday Bash and are confident that all members of the local community will have the opportunity to enjoy a great event.”
Hugh Callaway, executive director of marketing and learner services at the Grimsby Institute, said: “The Grimsby Institute recruits a number of its students from Northern Lincolnshire.
“Getting involved in the anniversary celebrations is an ideal way for other young people and adults considering studying further education or higher education to find out about the Grimsby Institute and the huge range of courses and training opportunities available to them.”
The competition to get tickets for the bash, which was launched last week, is open to over-14s only – but fear not, as there will be a second competition launched over the coming weeks for under-14s to enter.
To enter the competition, win your four tickets by answering this question:
In what year did the Scunthorpe Telegraph launch?
Text 88833, start your text with the word BIRTHDAY
Keep reading the Scunthorpe Telegraph as it reveals more acts and follow @scunnybash on Twitter for both the latest Birthday Bash information and to get involved with the celebrations.