Me, myself and I: Scott Priestley from the Ku Group

Scott Priestley is business manager for the Ku Group. He’s not a fan of gravy on chips but is of Dreamgirls and DSquared2 swimwear plus he’d love to explore the Bermuda Triangle…

Where are you from originally?

I’m a northerner, but I grew up in the East Midlands. I don’t really have an accent, and I’m not a fan of gravy on chips but I’m proudly born in Stockton-on-Tees which, coincidently is home to another Ku. An indie and rock live music venue. It must have been fate that lead me to Ku!

 Where do you live now? 

Kennington. Since moving to London I’ve had a fondness for South East London, perhaps it’s because of the ‘rough around the edges’ appearance it has, as well as the ease of commute into Soho.

 What do you love about London and why?

The diversity; London is truly a multi-cultural city. There’s never a quiet moment and always something going on. I love being able to go for a walk and turn down a side road and discover a street I’ve never seen before.

 What was the first gay venue you visited? 

It was the original Ku on Charing Cross Road with my boyfriend at the time. I remember walking into Ku with him and sitting by the large window doors sipping on my £1.50 Carling. I was so nervous and the place was full of young gay guys. Everyone was having a great time and there was no pretentiousness about the place. That’s when I fell in love with the brand and knew I wanted to be a part of it.

 Favourite club, bar or venue in London and why?

I know I’m biased but it has to be Ku Leicester Square, it has everything on offer. On a night out I’m usually sitting in the first-floor venue, the Light Lounge with a French Martini. Sometimes having a few too many and then finding myself in Klub until the early hours. Whatever happens in Klub stays in Klub!

 What was the last theatre show you saw?

It was Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, thanks again Gary. I was a little anxious as Amber Riley was off so wasn’t sure what to expect from the stand-in. However, I wasn’t disappointed as the stand-in was Marisha Wallace from Broadway. She was outstanding and blew me away 10/10. For those yet to see it I would highly recommend it.

 What is your guilty pleasure and why?

I would have to say reality TV, nothing better than putting on some mind-numbing TV for a wind down.

 Biggest extravagance?

Probably my DSquared2 swimwear, nothing with that little fabric should have that price tag!

 Best gift you’ve ever received and why? 

It’s true to say I’m a bit like Rachel from Friends and my boyfriend tends to keep the receipt, as 9/10 times it’s exchanged. I’m not ungrateful, just fussy I guess… That being said he got it right with a nice pair of Dior’s.

 What has been the highlight of your career so far and why?

There’s been quite a few over the years, from the move of Ku on Charing Cross Road to Lisle Street to the launch of She Soho and The Light Lounge. I’m always proud to say that I work for Ku and thankful to Gary for letting me be involved in making Ku the success that it is.

 If you could go back in time which year would you choose and why? 

The swinging Sixties. Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, the first James Bond movie, the Beatles. What didn’t the 60’s have going on?

 What’s the best party you’ve ever been to and what made it so good?

It would have to be the White Party on the beach in Sitges. It was my first holiday so I was already full of adrenaline. There’s something about the Spanish air, and spirit measures, that makes you leave your inhibitions at home. Not sure I should say any more than that!

 What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Don’t look down at your feet when you’re walking, look up and see the world ahead.

 Who are the most entertaining people you follow on Twitter and why? 

Twitter, what’s that…? I’m terrible on social media I’ve only recently joined Instagram.

 Who is your LGBT hero and why?

I’m not that well versed when it comes to politics but it has to be Harvey Milk. Being the first openly gay politician elected in America he influenced the fight for LGBTQ equality. It’s hard to imagine what things would be like today without heroes such as him. Encouraging people to stop hiding, “If we are not seen then how will we be heard”. That’s why I think Prides across the world are so important to stand together and celebrate how far the LGBTQ community has come.

 Where in the world would you like to visit before you die and why? 

The Galapagos Islands to scuba dive and see the giant tortoises, and Bermuda to check for myself whether the Bermuda triangle really is a myth.

 What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?

Not everyone is judging you. I was very self-conscious not to try new things in fear of judgement. As you get a little older you start to learn not to worry about people’s perceptions, as much.

All the Ku Group venues will be open late on Saturday 8 July for Pride in London.

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