Juice drink in success

Picture Martin Bostock.'Boy band Juice on North Pier, promoting their forthcoming Blackpool appearance.' L-R Chris Hapgood, Jamie Gilder and Ryan Oxley.

Picture Martin Bostock.'Boy band Juice on North Pier, promoting their forthcoming Blackpool appearance.' L-R Chris Hapgood, Jamie Gilder and Ryan Oxley.

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JUiCE are hoping to refresh those parts that other boy bands have forgotten about.

Tipped as one of the hottest new bands of the year, the three-piece from the Preston area got together in August 2009, and will be headlining at Blackpool North Pier Theatre tomorrow night.

It’s a return appearance there for the boys, who made a cameo appearance at last year’s Children In Need concert.

Talked about as the new McFly and Busted, both those bands have influenced Jamie Gilder, Ryan Oxley and Chris Hapgood, although they are keen to establish their own identity too.

“We write all our own material but we all like different types of music,” said Ryan, who met up with Jamie on a Performing Arts course in Preston, before recruiting Chris through Myspace. “I like entertainers such as Robbie Williams, Jamie’s more into Bruce Springsteen – it all goes into the melting pot of what we do.”

They are being nurtured by the same production house as McFly, Busted and Wham!

What’s more, JUiCE already has a large fanbase.

“It sounds like a cliche to say we’ve got the best fans in the world, but it’s the truth,” says Jamie. “They are behind everything we do, and some are even coming over from Belgium and Spain to see us.”

In return, the boys say they pride themselves on being interactive with their fans.

“We love playing music and performing,” says Chris. “There’s nothing better than messing around on stage with your mates, and seeing people enjoying themselves watching you.”

As for future plans, Ryan says at the moment it’s “to do this as a job forever”.

“Writing and performing good catchy songs and being appreciated for it is as good as it gets,” said Jamie. “It just proves that dreams do come true, and that if you want something badly enough, then it will happen.”

See JUiCE perform live at Blackpool North Pier Theatre on Saturday.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £5 for children. Call the box office on (01253) 623304 or book online via www.northpierblackpool.co.uk and www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 2452.