Posted by Micky on April 9 2012

John Galea, from Caister, performed to more than 1,000 when he supported the band on Friday at the Hexagon in Reading.

The 24-year-old said: “It was amazing, it was absolutely fantastic. I was on for 20 minutes. It was great to see the fans’ reaction and see them all singing along. I can’t wait to do more tours.”

Mr Galea, who is unsigned, was chosen to support McFly after fans voted for him in an online Battle of the Bands contest.

“It was all down to my fans, friends and family who voted for me,” he said. “The support has been fantastic.”

The former Caister High School pupil was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymph gland cancer non-Hodgkins disease when he was 15.

He was playing the role of Parchester in the Dusmagrik theatre group production Me and My Girl at Gorleston’s Pavilion Theatre when he began to feel unwell. He was admitted to the James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, and had to undergo a gruelling stint of chemotherapy.

At 19 he headed to London to pursue a music career and won a national singer/songwriter award judged by Charlotte Church’s ex-manager Jonathan Shalit and a panel of industry insiders.

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Posted by Micky on March 8 2012

A musician from the Sevenoaks area will be lining up on the bill alongside the top band McFly at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone on 14 March.

Bass player James Luke, who works in Sevenoaks for insurance company Markerstudy and lives in Hildenborough, plays in the Kent and Sussex-based band Virgin Soldiers.

The band was picked from over a thousand others after taking part in a three month on-line competition. They received votes from all over the country and their reward was the opening slot on McFly’s ‘Keep Calm and Play Louder’ tour. The news follows an earlier announcement that Virgin Soldiers have also been invited to support the legendary Joan Armatrading at the King’s Theatre, Portsmouth on October 8.

With male and female vocals the six-piece band mixes contemporary with classical instruments. Acoustic guitar, bass guitar and keyboard combine with violin, viola and cello to produce a set that ranges from high energy songs to harmonious ballads, creating a unique sound that Virgin Soldiers labels Strock.

The band hopes to repeat the success that they achieved in a busy 2011, when they appeared in festivals right across the country including SkyFest and Lounge On The Farm.

Virgin Soldiers has also released two EPs and received airplay on a number of radio shows. They will be releasing their debut single, Moon Song, later this year.

The band members are Hannah Masson from Bromley; Georgia Morrison from Orpington; Mike Parkin from Hastings; James Luke from Hildenborough; James Beeny from Hawkhurst and Gina Georgio from Battle. James Beeny who started the band went to Tonbridge School.

For more information on the band go to: www.virginsoldiers.com

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Posted by Micky on March 3 2012

A GILLINGHAM band has beaten 1,500 other music groups in a competition to win a slot supporting pop group McFly on tour.

StopGoSixty, a five-piece band, entered the national online competition in November.

The contest encouraged fans of McFly to vote for the 26 groups they thought should be support acts on the latest tour.

Fans could click on their favourites after watching performances via a web-link on McFly’s Facebook site.

StopGoSixty received 3,312 ‘likes’, putting it into the top five on the list nationally.

Vocalist Sam Drury, keyboard player Mark Batch, guitarist Dave Collier, bassist Ollie Parker and drummer Isaac Marques were voted as the top band in the South West.

They will now appear as the warm-up act at McFly’s gig at the Torquay Riviera Centre event on Sunday, March 25.

StopGoSixty has been together for just over a year and draws inspiration from the Beatles and The Guillemots, combining British rock with retro-pop.

The band played a free concert at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton on Monday and is scheduled to play at other venues in Gillingham and the surrounding area until July.

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Posted by Micky on February 27 2012

A NEWBRIDGE bass player will play in a band supporting chart-toppers McFly on their next tour.

Steven Powell, 28, is one quarter of Caerphilly band 4th Street Traffic, who won a spot supporting McFly at Bristol’s Colston Hall following a battle of the bands competition.

The band was one of 1,050 groups McFly fans could vote for on Facebook, with the top 26 winning a support slot on a night of McFly’s Keep Calm and Play Louder Tour.

Mr Powell’s band, which also includes singer Alastair Britton, guitarist Darryl Roberston and drummer Garry Dauncey, have been together for 10 years after meeting at school.

They have since released an album called “Kick The Habit”, two EPs and supported the Stereophonics at Cardiff City Stadium in 2010 after winning another battle of the bands competition, and are currently writing their next album.

They also played at the Millennium Stadium during the semi-final of the rugby world cup last year in front of an audience of 60,000 people.

The four-piece, who describe their sound as “stadium rock”, gig regularly around South Wales, and have a number of festivals lined up for the summer.

Mr Powell said they are now looking forward to their next challenge, after McFly’s manager called him from Los Angeles to let him know they would be supporting the band on March 26.

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Posted by Micky on February 25 2012

Little by lithe we know the supporting act that mcfly will have along their tour ;)

A BAND from Redditch is preparing for the biggest gig of its life after being chosen to perform with chart-toppers McFly.

StakeOut beat over 1,500 bands to be voted as one of 26 to support the group on their forthcoming tour as part of a competition to promote up-and-coming musical talent.

The four piece – which consists of Alex Banes on drums, Matthew Hodgetts on vocals and guitar, Lee Jackson on bass and keyboardist Ben Gibbs – will appear on stage at McFly’s gig at the O2 Birmingham Academy on April 19.

Walkwood resident Alex told the Standard the news was still sinking in.

“We were all quite shocked at first because there were 1,500 bands entered and we just feel so lucky to have been chosen. It will be a privilege to share the stage with McFly.

“We had to get people to log on and vote for us and we were first in the competition for the first week and finished in the top ten. We have picked up quite a few fans already just by entering and it’s nice to know our music is being listened to and people like what they hear.

“Our music is not a million miles away from McFly’s – it’s in the pop/rock genre – so hopefully we’ll get a good response. The academy can take up to 3,500 people so it’s quite nerve-wracking because we’ve never played to that amount of people before but we’re really excited by it at the same time.”

Visit www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk to buy tickets for the gig or www.facebook.com/StakeOutOfficial for more information on the band.

Read more: StakeOut win support slot at McFly concert | Redditch Standard

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Posted by Micky on February 24 2012

Here you have a new article about another supporting act

John Galea, from Caister, is a classically trained pianist and describes his music as “gritty electro pop” which is “very commercial”.

John attended Caister High School and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymph gland cancer non-Hodgkins disease when he was 15.

He was playing the role of Parchester in the Dusmagrik theatre group production Me and My Girl at Gorleston’s Pavilion Theatre when he began to feel unwell.

He was admitted to the James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, and had to undergo a gruelling stint of chemotherapy.

When he was 19 he headed to London to pursue a music career and won a national singer/songwriter award judged by Charlotte Church’s ex-manager Jonathan Shalit and a panel of industry insiders.

The 24-year-old released his first track called Do It My Way last year and the video has so far received over 50,000 hits. His track Frontline, which was recorded by Maltese singer Thea Garrett, reached number one in the Maltese chart recently.

Mr Galea, who is unsigned, said he was delighted after being selected to support McFly in Reading on April 6 after fans voted for him in an online Battle of the Bands contest.

“It is a great chance,” he said. “I am so grateful to all the people who voted for me. I am a huge fan of McFly – it is going to be great.”

He added: “I am the only solo artist to be selected and the rest are bands.”

Mr Galea, who now lives in Bow, east London, said his family, dad Michael, mum Frances and brother Martin, have been hugely supportive of his music career.

He has an EP due out soon called The Scrap Book and the second track due to be released next month is called Drunk on You.

emily.dennis@archant.co.uk

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