Wigan band’s world tour bid


A WIGAN unsigned band is just one step away from a dream festival appearance in front of thousands of music fans and its very own world tour.

Pop-punk trio Boomin beat bands from across the north of England to win the Manchester regional final of Hard Rock Rising 2013, a competition designed to find acts to play at Hard Rock Calling in London.

The band, made up of guitarist and vocalist Adam Langmead, bassist Rory O’Grady and drummer Edd Langmead, successfully negotiated an initial stage asking fans to vote for songs online and two rounds of live heats at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manchester.

The group will now join 95 other groups who won heats at Hard Rock Cafes across the world for the competition’s final stage, with the 25 bands whose songs gain most online votes going to the final for a panel to pick the winner and runners-ups. The global champion who emerges will get the chance to play at Hard Rock Calling, which will be held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, alongside the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Kasabian and Miles Kane.

Bassist Rory said: “It was quite a difficult gig because one of the bands were from Manchester and brought a lot of student fans, but we won them over with our set.

“We played Kill The DJ which seems to have become a fans’ favourite because they all sing and chant along to the lyrics about “live music all the way”. That seemed to get quite a good reaction from everyone.

“It’s a global competition, wherever there’s a Hard Rock Cafe bands can get involved. As well as playing at the festival the winner also gets £10,000 of gear, an album recorded with the organisers’ record label and a mini tour playing at six or seven cafes around the world.

“For winning the heat we’re also getting to play at a festival in Manchester, which should have about 5,000 people there.”

Rory says that, although winning the competition outright would be a dream come true, the band is satisfied to have made it this far, with the international online vote opening Boomin up to a potential worldwide audience.

The band is currently looking to put together a budget to shoot a video for Kill The DJ before beginning work on sketching out ideas for the follow-up to their acclaimed debut album Original Junkie.

The online vote will begin later this month. For more information, visit the band’s Facebook page.