Celebrate Reading PrideBy David Millward
August 31, 2011
It’s a busy Saturday for Kyle Abo – as well as Reading’s gay Pride he’s got gigs in Cardiff and Leicester. David Millward finds out why
Rising boy band Eli Prime will be wowing the crowds at this year’s Reading Pride which takes place on in Kings Meadow on Saturday.
The four lads have only been together since last year but are making a name for themselves playing gigs across the country.
And they are no strangers to playing Pride events with several festivals under their belts already this summer.
Wokinhgam-born band member Kyle Abo is looking forward to playing on his home ground.
He says: “We are doing quite a few Prides which are great events to do because they are family events as well.
“On the day of Reading Pride we are doing Leicester Pride first thing, then Reading and then going to Cardiff Pride after party.
“It’s going to be a lot of driving but it will be worth it.”
The 19-year-old former Bearwood College pupil still lives with his parents in Wokingham but at the moment spends most of his time on the road with fellow band members Karl, Chris and Luke.
“We’re together for about three weeks out of a month but we get on really, really well,” he says. “We never really bicker – we don’t have enough time.
“Living out of a suitcase all the time is the worst thing but when you get to the gigs it’s so worth it.”
Three of the guys were together initially but were then joined by Karl Brown after he appeared on X-Factor 2010, where he made it through to the judge’s houses round.
The boys were originally known as boy band Inju5tice before relaunching as Eli Prime.
They write their own material which is described as an edgy fusion of electro club beats and commercial pop.
And the constant gigging is paying off with some bigger shows with big stars.
Eli Prime were the headline act at The Clothes Show Live, in Birmingham NEC, last December and they supported McFly at a concert at Doncaster Racecourse earlier this month.
Kyle says: “There was horse racing during the day, then we did a half-hour set. They were amazing guys and that was a wicked set.
“We did a cover of Dynamite which went really, really well.”
The boys have also been signed up for the Blackpool Illuminations Switch On Show, taking place on Friday. They’ll join the likes of Olly Murs, Beverley Knight, James Morrison and Pixie Lott for the legendary event.
So all is looking good for the boys.
“We’ve got quite a few loyal fans now and each gig we do we get a lot more and it keeps growing,” says an excited Kyle. “It’s great to see such great support all the time.”
Visit www.eliprime.com to find out how to follow the boys on Facebook and Twitter.
A diverse day to celebrate diversity
A day packed with entertainment for everyone is being promised at Reading Pride 2011, which takes place in Kings Meadow on Saturday.
Top acts will be performing throughout the day and there will be a host of activities for all ages.
And there will be an opportunity to let the whole town know about the big event as it starts with a parade through the town centre.
The parade gets under way outside the Civic Offices at 11.30am and makes its way through Broad Street, Market Square and Forbury Gardens and arriving at Kings Meadow for the grand opening of Reading Pride at noon.
An array of well-known acts will be entertaining throughout the day.
The multi-award winning Drag With No Name will be among the cabaret performers along with favourites Lizzy Drip, Maisie Trollett and All Mouth and No Trousers.
The party atmosphere will continue with vocalists including Benji, Jamie Watson, Steven Hitchens, Alexis Houston and Mark Madison.
Local talent will also be given a chance to shine with performances from the Reading Gay Chorus and the Glee-inspired New Inspirations.
This year’s headline act will be dance duo Booty Luv (pictured) who have enjoyed chart success with their hits including Boogie 2Nite.
The girls, Cherise and Nadia, hit the big time with Big Brovaz in 2002 but branched off to form Booty Luv in 2006.
Fresh boy band Eli Prime will be supporting the duo. For more on the band, see above.
Acting as hosts for the day will be Reading’s very own Wilma Fingadoo with Sandra, Lola Lasagne and Chris Kenna.
One of Reading Pride’s highlights will be the first live performance of its exclusive new single, Sticks & Stones, by female vocalist Nicolette Street.
Copies of the anti-bullying single will be on sale as a CD on the day and can also be downloaded from iTunes, Amazon and Napster.
Away from the main stage, children can enjoy activities in The Enchanted Garden while teenagers can enjoy themselves with activities such as water zorbing in the Youth Zone.
There will also be a BAD (Berkshire Alternative Dance) Playground for slightly older boys and girls who might enjoy a bit of pole dancing or want to meet up with the 3G Girls Mud Wrestling Team, the belly/tribal dancing troupe and the Reading Spinners and jugglers.
A range of stalls will be on site including g3/Out magazine, BJ Bingo and Gift Time Ltd as well as community groups such as Be You and Thames Valley Positive Support.
There is also a fairground along with the usual snacks, food and bars making it a complete day out.
Visit www.readingpride.co.uk for a full timetable of events.