Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Video: YouTube video of singer Neil Francis doing impromptu performance of Erasure’s A Little Respect at Tube station goes viral

15:48 17 December 2014

Great Yarmouth singer Neil Francis. Picture by: Day Clifford

Great Yarmouth singer Neil Francis. Picture by: Day Clifford

Day Clifford

He can usually be found singing in the pubs, clubs and holiday parks around his home in Great Yarmouth - but now fans around the world are logging onto hear Neil Francis sing.

Neil, who has been singing since he was a teenager, gave an impromptu performance of 80s classic A Little Respect, made famous by Erasure, as he waited at Kentish Town London Underground station on Sunday night, and scores of waiting passengers joined in.

A friend filmed the performance on his mobile phone and shared it on Facebook.

And now it has been watched by more than 300,000 people.

The 47-year-old from Lancaster Road said he had been blown away by the response the video has generated and the scores of comments he had received from well wishers.

“I’m just really humbled in the respect that something that happened so naturally has made people feel good,” he added.

Neil explained had been in London on Sunday with three friends to see pop duo Erasure at the Forum and after the show the group of friends headed to Kentish Town station to get the tube back to their hotel. Still buzzing from the gig, Neil decided to start singing one of their hits.

He said: “I’m the kind of person that will sing anywhere. I’ve been singing since the age of 18 so it doesn’t really bother me.

“As we were walking down into the tube I was singing, it has lovely acoustics and is a great place to sing, and I thought I’d give it a belt.

“I started singing Little Respect and everybody started joining in. It was just as if the whole station joined in, it was just unreal.

“It was a perfect ending for a fantastic night.”

The video has now been shared hundreds of times and has even been posted to the page of Andy Bell, lead singer with Erasure.

Neil is no stranger to performing in front of large crowds having sung with the Yarmouth-based band u4ia [Euphoria] for 16 years.

The band performed at venues across the town, before he struck out on his own as a soloist and continues to perform in the borough.

He is hoping his hit web video may lead to more bookings, but most of all he is just pleased with the response it has triggered.

“The amount of comments I have had from all over the world, with people just saying it’s restored their faith in Facebook and made their Christmas,” Neil added.

“It’s just blown me away.”

1 comment

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Tasha Salmon introduced Ben the elf in her household this year and daughter Mylie is loving seeing what antics he has been up to

Naughty elves have been holding toys captive, redecorating Christmas trees and swinging from the lampshades over the past week.

Martin Neely as Sir Kenneth Branflakes and Sebastian Hill as The Beast

There were no dancing cups and saucers, singing clocks or candelabra hosts but who needs the Disney sparkle when you have the true magic of panto?

The Snow Queen, the latest Christmas Spectacular from the Ipswich Co-Op Juniors

The Ipswich Co-op Juniors certainly know how to stage a spectacle and this year’s festive extravaganza is as glitzy and glamorous – and as technically accomplished – as anything you would see on a West End stage.

Steve Ruston as Sinbad in Sinbad, the New Wolsey's latest rock'n'roll pantomime

In an age when most pantomimes are traditional and predictable, the New Wolsey’s new rock’n’roll panto, Sinbad, doesn’t arrive like a breath of fresh air but more like a full-blown tempest. In among the rock’n’roll classics like Living on a Prayer, Smoke on the Water, The Tide Is High and Sending Out an SOS, we even get some lines of Shakespeare’s King Lear: “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!” to underline the power of the story.

Elf on Shelf is back for Christmas 2016

Families in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Woodbridge and Newmarket will be expecting a visit from a naughty little elf tonight as the Christmas tradition continues.

Dorothy (Charlotte Sheenan),  Scarecrow (Sam Brown); Tin Man (Michael Haywood Smith) and The Cowardly Lion (Nathan Cant) in The Wizard of Oz by Ipswich Operatic Society at the Ipswich Regent. Picture by Gavin King Photography

The Wizard of Oz, a Hollywood musical classic, is brought to the Ipswich Regent with style by the Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Barrell of Fun: The Barton Players rolling out the barrell this weekend with their traditional Olde Tyme Music Hall. Amanda Kingsnorth and the Men's Company

Tickets are selling fast for tomorrow’s performances of an old-time musical by the Barton Players – but there are still a few seats left.

Behind the scenes at The New Wolsey Theatre as they set up for 'Sinbad' - photo by Sarah Lucy Brown

Panto season is almost upon us and photographer Sarah Lucy Brown and Arts editor Andrew Clarke have been behind the scenes at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich to discover that a lot of planning goes into the creation of so much chaos, music and magic

Jasmin Vardimon presents Pinocchio with DanceEast this Christmas - photo by Ben Harries

There are dozens of traditional pantomimes taking place in Suffolk this Christmas season, but there are also a selection of other shows ideal for the whole family.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24