Disabled Leeds music fan’s joy as favourite rock band play gig in his living room

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A MUSIC fan who suffers from cerebral palsy was treated to a private gig by his favourite band in his own living room.

Wheelchair user Nathan Pride, 24, of Seacroft, is a big fan of up-and-coming Wakefield-based band Skinny Living, who he saw support Jake Bugg at the First Direct Arena in Leeds last October. But he was left disappointed at being unable to watch them perform in Leeds later this month because there is no disabled access at the venue.

His father Andrew, 49, planned to buy tickets to see the band when they play at the Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds on May 29, but was told there was no wheelchair access to the upstairs room where the gig will be held.

Mr Pride got in touch with the unsigned band via Facebook to see if they could provide any CDs. They said they didn’t, but could go one better and play a live gig at the family’s home in Seacroft.

Skinny Living, who are set to play at the Isle of Wight Festival in June, performed an eight-song set for around an hour in the living room at the Prides’ end terrace house on Sunday.

Nathan’s mother Kathryn, 47, said: “They were absolutely brilliant. I can’t thank them enough for what they have done. My son was over the moon, he absolutely loved it.”

Mrs Pride, who contacted the YEP because she was so impressed with the band’s generosity, added: “It was really personal and really good. I just couldn’t believe they took time out to do it.”

Skinny Living lead singer Ryan Johnson said: “It was brilliant. They sang along with us, it was good fun.”