Posted by Micky on March 8 2012

A YOUNG band from Bebington hit the right notes in a competition to win the chance to suppport chart-toppers McFly.
Notion beat more than 1,000 other hopefuls to the final 50 of the pop group’s Battle of the Bands competition.

McFly’s Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter then selected a winner for each of the 26 dates in their Keep Calm and Play Louder UK tour.
Notion were chosen to support the band at their 02 Academy gig in Leeds on March 17.
Eighteen-year-olds Peter Pegasiou, Tom Davis and Danny Byrne formed Notion a year ago and combine music with studying for their A levels at Wirral Grammar School for Boys and Birkenhead Sixth Form College.
Peter is singer/songwriter and guitarist, Tom is on drums , and Danny is bass player and backing vocals.
Peter told the News: “We got a call from McFly’s agency who told us we had been successful.
“At the gig we’ll be playing to over 2,500 people.
“They said that McFly saw our video and music and loved the energy and genre of music.
“It means a lot to us to have been chosen and the amount of support we have received.
“This is a big opportunity for us, especially because we’re still young.”
The band entered the competition with their self-penned song Same old Page.
Peter said: “We put a lot of effort in to rehearsing and juggle it with studying, which is important to us but we are very passionate about the band.
“Our music ranges from indie to rock and pop and we write our own songs.
“We enjoy playing our own music.”
Last year Notion were picked to play at the borough’s first youth festival Wirral Youthfest and last month supported the Lightning Seeds in Liverpool.
Danny said: “We played to over a thousand people when we supported the Lightening Seeds, that was amazing.
“We are very busy doing gigs at the moment.
“We love playing so much. It is the only thing we see doing in our life.”
Tom added: “We have different music tastes so we all bring different things to our music.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to play with McFly.”
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Posted by Micky on March 8 2012

A BAND formed by a Hastings-born musician has been picked from over one thousand bands to support pop superstars McFly.

Virgin Soldiers was formed in the summer of 2009 by 25-year-old singer-guitarist-songwriter James Beeny. As an opening batsman for Hastings Priory and Sussex Second XI, he had planned a career as a professional cricketer but realised he had to follow his passion for music instead, and started the group.

First to reply to an advert placed by self-taught musician James, was Mike Parkin, a classically trained violinist from Hastings. The pair initially started gigging with a female singer, bass player and cellist.

In the meantime James worked as a freelance runner for various television companies to finance the band’s equipment and early recording sessions.

As their popularity grew, the duo realised they needed permanent fellow band members and Gina Georghiou from Battle came on board playing the keyboard and also singing.

The line-up for Virgin Soldiers became complete with bass player James Luke from Tonbridge, cellist Hannah Masson from Orpington and viola player Georgia Morrison from Bromley.

With male and female vocals, the six-piece band mixes contemporary with classical instruments producing a set that ranges from high energy songs to ballads, creating a sound that the band themselves call Strock.

The band hopes to repeat the success they achieved last year.

A busy 2011 saw the group appear in festivals right across the country including SkyFest and Lounge On The Farm.

They also released two EPs and received airplay on a number of radio shows, including BBC Introducing: The South.

Virgin Soldiers are due to release their debut single, Moon Song, later this year.

Speaking ahead of his performance at Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, on March 14, supporting McFly, James , who now lives in Hawkhurst, said he was ‘thrilled’ about winning the support slot for such a big name act.

He added: “It is a fantastic opportunity for the band and we are looking forward to the experience. I am sure we will all be very nervous on the day but we will do our best to make our families and supporters proud.”

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