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Lisbon to play headline gig at Newcastle's O2 Academy

Whitley Bay band Lisbon to play first headline show at the O2 Academy in February

Whitley Bay alt pop quartet Lisbon
Whitley Bay alt pop quartet Lisbon

North East band Lisbon are set to headline their first gig at Newcastle’s O2 Academy this month.

The alt-pop four-piece, who hail from Whitley Bay, have had a phenomenal 12 months after successfully releasing three singles from their forthcoming debut EP, playing a sold out show in their hometown and gaining Radio One airplay.

No wonder they’ve christened the EP Life is Good.

The band are now hoping to keep up the momentum and are thrilled to be playing at the O2 Academy on February 7, which represents a big tick off their lifelong ambitions list.

Lead singer Matthew Varty says: “We’re very excited about the gig at the O2 Academy as it has been one of our ambitions to play there ever since Joe and I went to watch the Little Comets. Now we’re finally getting to play there and tickets are selling out quickly.”

The band are currently putting the finishing touches to the aforementioned EP, which was recorded at Rockfied Studios in Wales, and hope to release it within the next few months. It will feature their three singles - BLUELOVE, Rio and Native - as well as new material.

BLUELOVE was the first of these to be released in March 2014 on the back of regional acclaim from free releases and 2013’s Evolution Emerging festival. The lads were amazed by the track’s success as it gathered nearly 40,000 Soundcloud likes within its first three weeks and was selected for Radio One’s playlist.

Since its release Lisbon have gained more followers and have generated a lot of interest within the industry, underpinned by the follow up singles Rio in September and Native in December.

And there’s another one on the way, as Matty explains: “We’ve recorded two new tracks as part of our EP, and we’re very happy with them. One of them is a brand new track and the other is an old song that we’ve been playing for a while. There is a good contrast between the two but they both stay true to our sound.

“We hope to have at least five tracks on the EP but actually have enough material for an album. However, we want to release an album at the right time, so at the moment we’re planning on releasing Life is Good sometime in the spring.”

Completing the Lisbon quartet alongside Matthew is Joe Atkinson (backing vocals and lead guitar), Gaz Turkington (bass guitar) and Alex Wright (drums and spacebar). The band formed around three years ago after falling together from two other musical projects.

Matty says: “We’ve all known each other since we were kids – we’ve been best mates since we were nine as attended the same schools. The band were originally two separate bands, me and Joe in one, Gaz and Wrighty in the other then we decided to form one super group about two years ago and now we’re probably the most successful unsigned North East band.”

In December Lisbon played a special gig to a sell-out crowd in their hometown at Deep and it was “an amazing and crazy night”.

After their gig at the O2 Academy, Lisbon are planning another two tours before festival season begins and hope to go to New York to film their next video.

Lisbon will be playing at the O2 Academy, Newcastle on Saturday February 7. For more information and ticket details go to www.facebook.com/lisbonmusic

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