Posted by Sandra on August 10 2012

McFly Rhyl

CHART-toppers McFly have a special link with North Wales, and headed to the region to record material for their latest album. Now they’re looking forward to returning to help kick-start a revamped Rhyl venue, and bring the London Olympics to a close.

They will take to the stage on Sunday afternoon to perform their hits at Rhyl Events Arena, which for the first time has been turned into an enclosed, ticket-only space.

The show – which civic leaders hope will the first of many by big names in the Arena – also features The Struts and Dive Bella Dive, and will be followed by a free, live streaming of the Olympic Games’ closing ceremony on huge screens.

McFly bassist Dougie Poynter revealed the band find themselves back on the North Wales coast, after a brief visit in January when they came to gather material for their new album, which is still being recorded..

“It’s going to be mad in Rhyl,” said Dougie, who was recently crowned King of the Jungle in TV’s I’m A Celebrity… .

“We’ve got a full set so that means we’ve got lots of time to have fun and mess around on stage and that’s when we are at our best. We love coming to Wales, the people are awesome and we love your accents.

“We were in Holyhead at the start of the year to write some material. It was the first time we’d been there and it was amazing. We didn’t really know what to expect but it was so picturesque.

“There is actually one song in particular on the new album that was inspired by the area.

“Danny (Jones, the lead singer) is producing the new album too, which is cool because there’s no middle man, so it’s the first time it will just be 100% McFly.”

It has been a busy year for the band with Dougie’s stint in the jungle, plus drummer Harry Judd winning Strictly Come Dancing, but Dougie says there was never a doubt of the band splitting,

“It must seem like we’ve been apart for ages but we’re still very much together making music. We never go anywhere apart and we are always together behind the scenes.

“After Harry did Strictly he was actually offered to do a solo album for Mother’s Day, but he’s a drummer and doesn’t sing, I don’t think any of us would ever go solo.”

“We’ve got two shows coming up in LA and New York. We’re pretty much going over for fun. We know we’ve got fans over there so we thought we’d go and put on a show for them.”

McFly plus support, Rhyl Pavilion Arena, August 12. Tickets 01745 330000, rhylpavilion.co.uk

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