Ipswich: Dance with Cover Drive at JLS’ Chantry Park gig

Loosen those hips and get ready to dance, warns Cover Drive bassist Jamar Harding.

“We’re going to be doing a lot of wukking-up, that’s how we dance in Barbados; lots of hip movement. Some performances we bring people on the stage to do it for the rest of the crowd, it’s great.”

Jamar, singer Amanda Reifer, drummer and singer “T-Ray” Armstrong, for whom Amanda used to babysit and guitarist Barry “Bar-Man” Hill are supporting JLS when they come to Chantry Park on August 26.

“It’s going to be awesome. We always loving making new fans and can’t wait for it,” says Jamar while during a break in rehearsals for a top secret TV show appearance later in the year.

Rising to prominence opening fellow Barbadian Rihanna’s Loud Tour, Cover Drive have had three top ten singles in the UK Singles charts - Lick Ya Down, Sparks and the number one Twilight - since joining forces less than two years ago.

Describing their sound as Carib-pop, it’s a bubbly blend of their Caribbean roots in reggae, dub and soca with happy, hook-laden pop.

Their celebrity fans include the likes of Suffolk’s own Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sand�, Labrinth, Jessie J and Dappy.

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“It’s mad to think that two years ago we were at home, chilling and surfing, now we’re on TV shows, going on tour, it’s crazy,” says Jamar.

Fans can expect all the hits plus tracks off their debut album, Bajan Style, out now.

Also supporting JLS are X Factor winners Little Mix, Alexandra Burke and A*M*E.