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Leigh band scores gig at Wembley
6:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in Local News
BANDS dream of playing to a packed-out Wembley stadium and local lads from Leigh couldn’t believe their luck when they got their chance - even if it was only in the hospitality suite.
Guitar band The Collier were given the chance to perform in the Club Wembley lounge throughout the evening as England took on Poland on Tuesday night in a crucial World Cup qualifier.
The band, made up of Josh Hixson, Flynn Clark, George Rutherford and Ellis Davis, all 17, got the opportunity after a family friend passed on their CD to an employee of the exclusive lounge, where prices start at £167 for an event.
And while the England boys on the pitch were getting the job done to get to Brazil, The Collier were wowing fans in the stands including rapper Dizzee Rascal.
Singer and guitarist Josh said: “We were only given the gig about two weeks ago so we had to really practice. We were playing for a long time so had to work out the set.
“It was stressful but I think we played it well. There wasn’t any heckling.
“The whole night was pretty impressive; I was gobsmacked by it all.
“Dizzee came past us and gave us a wave and a nod. We had to look back to make sure it actually happened. Any kind of recognition is nice.”
The lads, who all attend Belfairs Academy in Highlands Boulevard, also got the chance to use some empty seats in the stadium to watch sections of the vital match, which England won two-nil.
The Collier are regulars to the Southend gig scene, and can often be seen performing in Chinnerys on the seafront. The lads are also due to play Roots Hall next Tuesday (22nd) for an event.
Speaking about the band, who have been together for just over a year now, Josh said: “We can’t’ be unhappy with the way the band has gone so far, doing this gig has been a good escalation and evolution for the band to do.”
Despite the heroics of their Wembley experience, Josh is still modest as to where their music career could take them. He said: “We’ve got a bit longer to go until we get on the pitch.”
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