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The Electric City: Unsigned band to open for The Who

The Electric City

Story by Jack Foley

THE Who’s Roger Daltrey has invited unsigned new band The Electric City to open for them at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, March 31, as part of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) week of concerts.

The Electric City have plans to fund and release their own-label single, Sleeping With The Enemy on April 16 and were personally invited last week to open the show for The Who.

After opening for The Futureheads at a TCT gig in Newcastle reports of their stella performance found their way bank to The Who’s frontman, who is also official patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

With their brand of raw energy merging with the euphoria of the dancefloor The Electric City are totally in awe at the prospect of opening for one of the world’s most famous rock bands but promise to deliver their best performance to date.

The band is comprised of Andy J Taylor (vocals, guitar), James Cantone (lead guitar), Dan Laithwaite (drums), and Jonny Bullit (bass) and were formed in West London via Ibiza last year.

They’ve so far supported We Are Scientists and The Futureheads as well as playing their own dates. But, according to singer Andy, this invitation was a massive buzz for the young band.

“We have always loved The Who. They are rock heroes in the truest sense and represent what playing live is all about,” he said.

“It’s mad for four lads who have been playing together for six months to be opening for them – we couldn’t believe it. And we can’t wait.

“Just glancing at the week’s line up with the likes of Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, this is an amazing and special event.

“Also, most importantly the TCT gigs are something we feel really, really privileged to be a part of. We’ve been involved with TCT since playing the show in Newcastle and talking with lots of the kids and with James being a teenager himself we feel we can understand their needs at the terrible time in their lives.”

The aim of the shows is to raise funds for desperately needed teenage cancer units. TCT units, which are all built in NHS hospitals, are improving survival rates for teenagers with cancer by an estimated 15%.

There are currently seven TCT units – they each cost over 2 million to build and another 15 are needed to ensure every teenager with cancer can have access to one.

Over the past seven years these extraordinary series of shows have led directly to the development of three major Teenage Cancer Trust units across the country.

To find out more about The Electric City visit their website or or find out more about the TCT by clicking HERE

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