Band in tune for campaign

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One of the UK’s up-and-coming bands is the latest big name to pledge its support to our campaign to leave a lasting musical legacy in the resort.

Boyband Rixton – including Blackpool lad Danny Wilkin and former resort schoolboy Jake Roche – have given their backing to our Give Us A Tune appeal.

We want readers to donate 50 instruments to Blackpool Music Academy in Waterloo Road, as well as £20,000 to help subsidise music lessons – with 27 instruments given by kind Gazette readers so far.

Bassist Danny said: “Blackpool has always been well known in the entertainment and tourist world, and I think Give Us A Tune is a perfect opportunity to bring modern and stylistic music to the Fylde coast, and to remind kids how important music is in every aspect of your life.

“I hope the music scene in Blackpool continues to blossom, and the magic created can spread across the world.”

The four-piece will release their third single We All Want The Same Thing on Sunday, May 31 – a week before releasing their album, Let The Road.

The band has spent much of this year so far in America, touring with Ariana Grande, where they will also support Ed Sheeran on a 16-date North American tour later this year.

Danny said learning a musical instrument has given him great life skills – and recalled his early days as a performer.

He added: “I started playing piano at the age of four, when my dad would teach me. It’s all I would do in my spare time, and still do.

“I began to play a little guitar at around 16 for recording purposes, and started playing bass a couple of years ago.

“Music is a release from everything to me. I play piano to sooth my mind, and switch off from the world.

“Being confident in what you do as a musician allows you to be confident and daring in other areas of your life, whether meeting new people, or standing onstage in front of 10,000 people.”

Anyone interested in supporting our Give Us A Tune campaign can drop instruments off at the academy in Waterloo Road, .

The academy can collect items from homes if required.

To donate money to the academy, visit www.blackpoolmusicacademy.com, or call (01253) 695398.