Suffolk boy band get locked in after gig

POP sensations Busted were left fuming after being locked inside a gig venue following a huge open air concert at the weekend.The chart-topping boy band who are fronted by Woodbridge teenager Charlie Simpson, were trapped inside London's Hyde Park after performing at 'Party in the Park' on Sunday.

POP sensations Busted were left fuming after being locked inside a gig venue following a huge open air concert at the weekend.

The chart-topping boy band who are fronted by Woodbridge teenager Charlie Simpson, were trapped inside London's Hyde Park after performing at 'Party in the Park' on Sunday.

Although the pin-up pop stars are set to jet off to Japan today Charlie, 17, still found time to tell the East Anglian Daily Times about the mix-up.

He said: "Basically, we'd finished doing our set and we were just chilling out when we got told to do the press run.


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"The problem was, we didn't realise that they had to shut the gates at a certain time. Suddenly our manager started shouting at us that we had to leave and we all just rushed for the gates, but it was too late – it was quite annoying."

So the group, Charlie, Matt Jay and James Bourne, found themselves shut inside the artists' area for around two hours, with nothing to do to pass the time.

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"Our manager was telling the organisers to let us out, because it was ridiculous," said Charlie, who was born in Ipswich and went to Framlingham College.

"They said they couldn't open the gates though, and we had to wait. To be honest, we didn't really care – it was a good day.

"We got to meet Shane Ritchie, who plays Alfie in Eastenders, because he was also locked in, so that was cool."

The group eventually got out of the venue at around 8.30pm, only to come face to face with hundreds of screaming fans who had lined the road outside the gates.

"There were tonnes of people outside waiting for us. It was quite a nice departure for us," said Charlie.

Since their last single 'You Said No' – taken from the platinum album Busted – went to number one, the group have released their own book and completed a UK tour.

Their next single, 'Sleeping With The Light On' will be released on July 11, while the group are gearing up for an arena tour in March.

Before that, they will finish recording their eagerly-awaited second album, and head to Japan in a bid to conquer Asia.

Charlie said: "I've never been to the Far East before – all I know is that I'm going to be much taller than most of the people out there.

"We're looking forward to it – it should be good fun."

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