Suffolk band to play Glastonbury

THEY have been going seriously for just a year, but at the end of this month an up and coming Suffolk band will perform the biggest festival of all.

Anthony Bond

THEY have been going seriously for just a year, but at the end of this month an up and coming Suffolk band will perform the biggest festival of all.

Cheeky Cheeky And The Nosebleeds will join the likes of James Blunt, Neil Diamond and Amy Winehouse when they perform at the legendary Glastonbury Festival.

And, just a few weeks later, they will take to the stage at Suffolk's very own Latitude Festival at Henham Park, Southwold.

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It has been quite a year for the band, made up of Charlie Dobney, 19, Christian Daniels, 18, Ali Bartlett, 19, Tom Hobson, 20, and Rory Cottam, 18.

Not only have the boys - who come from Framlingham, Rendham, Woodbridge and Martlesham - had their songs played on Radio One, they have also performed in front of 4,000 people at the Brixton Academy and toured the country.

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Charlie, singer and guitarist, from Sweffling near Saxmundham, said: “If somebody had of said to us a year ago that we would be playing Glastonbury then we would have gone crazy but because we are so busy at the moment there is not much time to stop and think. You just have to take it in your stride and look forward to playing as well as you can.”

Cheeky Cheeky And The Nosebleeds, who are not signed to a record label, have been going in various guises for the past couple of years but things really began to take shape a year ago.

The boys began playing gigs in London, which resulted in a tour with the hotly tipped Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong.

They were also invited to record a session for Radio One DJ Steve Lamacq at the Maida Vale studios and their first single, Slow Kids, was released in March.

And despite Ipswich not having the burgeoning live musical scene of the likes of Liverpool and Brighton, Charlie, who attended Woodbridge School, says being from Suffolk has helped the band develop.

“I think it is good being from Suffolk when starting out. I think it can work in your favour because you are not trying to copy anyone. You can develop in your own time and build your sound to what you want it to be without the pressure of conforming to a scene.”

Charlie says the band “just try to make pop music” and describes their style as “Chuck Berry playing Blur songs”.

Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds will be releasing a new single in September and hope to have an album out in the first half of next year. But for the moment they are just looking forward to Glastonbury and a special homecoming at the Latitude Festival.

“We have not played many gigs in East Anglia recently which is a shame,” said Charlie. “Latitude will be our first for a while and that that will be really good and a nice homecoming because it will be on such a big stage.”

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