Loveshack will kick off music at Wembley

WHO will be the first to play at the new Wembley stadium? George Michael, Muse or maybe U2? In an amazing coup for local live music, a band

WHO will be the first to play at the new Wembley stadium? George Michael, Muse or maybe U2? In an amazing coup for local live music, a band from Weston will be the first to play at the newly constructed home of English football.On May 15, seven-piece band Loveshack will perform the gig of their lives in a show containing a set of classic songs from artistes including Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera and The Bee Gees at an awards dinner for major multi-national company Proctor and Gamble.The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which was offered to them following a run of successful shows across the country and the globe, will see the band perform overlooking the ground that will become the new 'hallowed turf' for future generations of sportsmen and women. Band members and Weston residents Mike Taylor, Jarrod Loughlin, Graeme Foy, Rob Whelan, Bill Banwell, Matt Baker and Sarah Eden-Smith are well-known as regular performers on the live music circuit around the town. Band manager and guitarist Mike Taylor, aged 31, said: "The guys deserve this so much, they work really hard, put on a fantastic show and the honour of being the first band to play at the new Wembley will be a huge boost to our profile."When the call first came in from the agents about the gig we had no idea that it would be so prestigious. There can only ever be one first and this one is sure to remain with us forever."Since forming in 2004, the band has already notched up a number of prominent gigs in the Caribbean and Las Vegas and their stadium appearances have included three gigs at Cardiff International Arena, Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol and at Harlequins Stadium in Bath.They were also chosen as the house band for the Middlesex Sevens rugby tournament, which resulted in performing in front of 33,000 people at Twickenham Stadium and being shown live on Sky sports TV. Mike said: "We have had a fantastic two years and the news of the Wembley gig has raised the profile of the band and hopefully the town to a new level."We are very proud to be the first band playing the new stadium complex and I know this will be the start of another great year for us. "We have worked so hard to get where we are and it's great to see it all begin to pay off." This year the band will play in Nairobi in Africa, have another appearance at the Middlesex Sevens tournament and a run of high profile gigs around the UK's top venues. Following the Loveshack performance, the next few months will see the new stadium in London play host to the FA Cup final and the Live Earth Concert, which will feature Madonna, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Genesis. Anyone hoping to see the band perform can catch them at a James Bond themed charity ball in aid of CLIC Sargent, prostate and breast cancer and Bristol Children's Hospice at the Winter Gardens on July 7.


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