Indie band playing one last gig for the road
Wigan indie-rockers Lyon Road are preparing to play one final show at the place where it all started.
The band – which comprises Tom Byrom, Alex O’Brien, Cameron Gaskell and Sam Birchall – called it a day in December 2016, when they played an emotional farewell gig at The Old Courts, just two years after bursting on to the scene.
Now they are hoping for a very special occasion as they jam together one last time at the same venue.
During their relatively short stint together, Lyon Road gained a lot of recognition locally and quickly became constantly booked up at Wigan venues as well as playing shows across the North West.
They played at Manchester’s well-known Night ‘n’ Day Café and Academy 3 venues and shortly after they released their EP titled Cognition, they managed to get some of their tracks on Spotify.
However, just as everything was going right, it started to go wrong, causing the band to end things, although the departure was on good terms .
Lead guitarist Alex said: “We’ve done quite a few gigs at The Old Courts, we feel comfortable playing there and thought it might be fun to do one more gig.
“I’m nervous and excited at the same time, it’s quite strange really.
“I’m excited to be playing live again but also nervous as it’s as if we have to learn to play all our songs again.”
Frontman Tom is still playing weekly around town with regular spots at The Royal Oak, Fifteens and Indiependence, hosting open mic nights and doing solo sessions.
However, he admitted: “I prefer playing with the band – it’s not as lonely on stage.
“It’s a different dynamic and everything’s better with a groove behind you.”
Support for the May 12 gig is from Binx, Different Oceans and fellow local indie-rockers Ravellas, who are good friends of the band away from the music stage.
Tickets are on sale at www.eventbrite.co.uk and are £5 in advance or £6 on the door.
The gig is in the Grand Vault at The Old Courts.