Street show earns boyband new fans

Fans get a hugs, kisses and selfies from boyband HomeTown at HMV in Blackpool

Fans get a hugs, kisses and selfies from boyband HomeTown at HMV in Blackpool

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Pop fans had a treat as up-and-coming boyband HomeTown paid a visit to Blackpool.

The Irish six-piece is the latest creation of manager and former X Factor judge Louis Walsh, and they’re touring the UK to promote debut single Where I Belong.

Brendan and Josh from boyband HomeTown enjoy the music at HMV in Blackpool

Brendan and Josh from boyband HomeTown enjoy the music at HMV in Blackpool

The band were seen recently on the Fylde supporting McBusted at Lytham Festival, and they returned to hit Blackpool’s HMV on Monday.

Arriving early enough to pitch up outside the Bank Hey Street music store, they treated passers by to a mini set, of the UK single release as well as a cover of Hosier’s Take Me To Church, before heading inside for a signing and meet and greet session with fans and shoppers.

HMV Blackpool manager Neil Carpenter said: “They had a great turn-out, especially for a band promoting its first single and an act who people didn’t necessarily know who they were.

“When they started singing outside, it created a bit of interest and people were asking who they were, although there was a mixed reaction when we told people they were Louis Walsh’s new band.

Kayden Fenton dressed as Superman, six, is given a helping hand to fly by boyband HomeTown at HMV in Blackpool

Kayden Fenton dressed as Superman, six, is given a helping hand to fly by boyband HomeTown at HMV in Blackpool

“But to sing like that in the street outside, people were impressed when they started to belt it out.”

The band rounded off their Bank Holiday visit to Blackpool with a trip to the top of the Tower where they also put their singing skills to the test in front of fellow tourists.

Where I Belong, penned by Kodaline went to number one in Ireland earlier this year – against competition for the top spot from the likes of Ed Sheeran and One Direction. They also topped the charts in their home country with follow up Cry For Help.

HomeTown are made up of Brendan Murray, 18, Cian Morrin, 20, Dayl Cronin, 21, Dean Gibbons, 21, Josh Gray, 17, and Ryan McLoughlin, 21.

Where I Belong is described as ‘an uptempo love song with a real sing-a-long chorus and upbeat and buoyant melody’.