P Posted by Micky on March 3 2012 0 Comments McFLY, News

A LOCAL band has fought off fierce competition from hundreds of others to bag a slot supporting boy band McFly at their Nottingham concert next month.

Micro Jupiter got the gig at the Royal Concert Hall on March 16 after entering an online battle of the bands competition.
Jamie Thompson, 20, of Ilkeston, plays the guitar in the band, who describe their music as a mix between dubstep, rock and pop,

He said: “I was in the studio when my phone rang and it was McFly’s manager telling us the news.

“We were all over the moon and excited, especially because we will be playing in our home town and hopefully as a result be building up a fan base in Nottingham.”

He added: “We’ve now started thinking about set lists and preparing for the show.

“And I think we will appeal to the crowd because we have similarities to McFly, such as our pop elements.”

Micro Jupiter is made up of Mr Thompson and his friends Sam Gomm, 19, of Ilkeston, who is the lead singer; Sam Watson, 21, of Derby, on the drums, and Natt Webb, 21, also of Derby, on the keyboard.

Mr Watson said: “We’re all delighted.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to get ourselves heard and to be recognised by bigger names in the music industry.

“Its absolutely fantastic to get the opportunity to support a group as big as McFly and to be exposed to such a big crowd.”

Micro Jupiter was formed about a year ago and since then has been building up an online fan base.

Sam added: “Since we all got together we have gone from strength to strength.

“We haven’t focused that much on gigging like other Nottingham bands – we’ve focused more on building up our online following.

“That is partly because the type of music we make and the production that goes in to it takes a lot of work.”

He said dubstep artist Skrillex and rock legends Queen were key inspirations for the band.

He added: “The McFly gig will be one of our first performances in Nottingham and we are all really looking forward to it.

“And we are already getting a fair few offers due to getting the McFly support gig, such as a gig at the Rescue Rooms in the near future.”

Micro Jupiter have featured on BBC Radio Nottingham’s The Beat show with their single Higher.

The McFly Battle of the Bands competition saw hundreds of groups compete in an online vote. The top 50 were whittled down to 26 by judges, with one performing on each night of the tour.

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