Weston band looking to hit the big time

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 January 2012

Dan Thompson, Liam Whitby, Sean Booth and Jack Ford.

Dan Thompson, Liam Whitby, Sean Booth and Jack Ford.

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A BAND who met at Weston College are looking to hit the big time after making a splash on the local gigging circuit.

Nine Lights met at Weston College, and the four-piece are now looking to move up to playing festivals and gigs around the country.

Consisting of vocalist and guitarist Liam Whitby, guitarist Dan Thompson, bassist Sean Booth and drummer Jack Ford, the band will now look forward to a spring schedule of gigs around the South West after a successful New Year’s Eve show in Weston.

Liam, from Weston, Dan, from Milton, Sean, from Hutton, and Jack, from Portishead, met while they were studying a music course at Weston College.

As part of the course Liam, Dan and Jack were put into a band together one day, where the trio decided they would form their own act, with Sean joining shortly after.

The four-piece fuse many different influences, with Liam’s soulful singing directly influenced by the likes of Stevie 
Wonder, while Dan’s melodic guitar licks give a nod to Muse.

Sean’s jazz-funk-influenced bass grooves and Jack’s Keith Moon-esque, hard-hitting drums complete the band’s diverse style.

Having performed at the Imperial Brasserie on New Year’s Eve, Nine Lights’ next gig will be at The New Market Inn on February 4.

They will then travel farther afield with gigs at Cardiff’s Live and Unsigned and the Yeovil Labour Club, before returning at The Salthouse in Clevedon on March 17.

Having cut their teeth on the local gigging circuit, the band are now hoping to move up to playing festivals and supporting acts across the UK, as well as recording their first album.

If you want to take a listen to Nine Lights, visit 
www.reverbnation.com/ninelights

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