Band’s gig after Jack’s cheeky online request

Meet Byrchall High's rock band Junction 23  Pictured from left to right: Jack Savage, Matty Smith, Jed Winstanley and Chris Gormally

Meet Byrchall High's rock band Junction 23 Pictured from left to right: Jack Savage, Matty Smith, Jed Winstanley and Chris Gormally

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A SCHOOLBOY found himself organising a major rock concert after making a cheeky suggestion on the internet.

Like most other pupils at Byrchall High, Jack Savage had been unaware that the band Pegasus Bridge, tipped by many as the next big thing in music, had shot a hit song video at their school last summer.

It was only when a pal posted the Ribena film from YouTube onto Facebook that the Ashton 15-year-old saw it and immediately recognised the surroundings as his school.

Half in jest, he wrote online that the acclaimed rock band ought to come back to play a gig for the Byrchall pupils ... but then was stunned and delighted to receive a reply from the Macclesfield-based band referring him to their manager Matthew Johnson and accepting the offer!

And so this Thursday hundreds of students will pack into the school hall to hear both Pegasus Bridge and their support band Junction 23, of which Jack is a member.

The event will raise cash for The Byrchall’s nominated charity Unicef and Jack has been hard at work sorting out everything from booking the hall, to designing the £2-a-head tickets and organising refreshments.

Jack said: “It was a couple of months ago that a friend of mine posted a music video from YouTube on Facebook called Ribena by Pegasus Bridge.

“I had a look at it and I instantly realised that the music video had been recorded in our school! Our school hadn’t even told us about it.

“Within a few hours the video was all over my Facebook news feed wall and everybody was talking about it.

“This is when I came up with the idea that the band should do a gig at our school, because everybody in the school was in love with them and their video is regularly shown on Lava TV: a national music channel amongst the likes of Kerrang and NME.

“As a joke really I decided to comment on the video suggesting the band do a gig at school for the pupils, obviously not expecting a response.

“I was wrong. The band had replied with their manager’s e-mail address telling us that I should e-mail him and try to sort something out.

“Pegasus Bridge have been great about everything and are doing it completely free of charge.”

Jack said he was particularly excited because this could be the first big break for Junction 23 too.