Meet Kyle: the new kid on the block!

Blackpool lad Kyle Passmore (left) with his band R3ACTION. Other members of the band are Ellie Petrou and Jake Maddocks
Blackpool lad Kyle Passmore (left) with his band R3ACTION. Other members of the band are Ellie Petrou and Jake Maddocks
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MOVE over Little Boots, Karima Francis and Aidan Grimshaw, there is a new Blackpool lad on the pop block.

Kyle Passmore will perform at a packed-out o2 Arena in London tomorrow in the final of the prestigious Open Mic UK.

He is one-third of the band R3ACTION which has achieved remarkable things in a short space of time.

They only formed in the summer but working their way to the top in an old fashioned manner (ringing up record producers, knocking on doors) they have won many admirers in the music industry.

It has led to some eye-catching gigs already - performing at Preston Christmas lights switch on alongside X-Factor winner Matt Cardle and supporting the likes of The Saturdays, Example and Steps.

They have also been contacted by two major record labels and an X-Factor talent spotter, all of which ain’t bad for six months work.

Tomorrow though is the biggest moment yet, the finals of a major competition in front of thousands of screaming music fans, judged by Radio One DJs and big-hitters within the industry.

“It is going to be incredible and we can’t wait for it,” said Kyle, 23, a former pupil at Bispham High School and Blackpool and Fylde College.

“It is weird thinking how far we’ve come because in the summer we were having a laugh about it really, not too serious, and in the space of a few months ... bang, all this has happened.”

Also in the band is Jake Maddocks and Ellie Petrou, both from Birmingham. Kyle met the pair through a mutual friend and the three of them, all passionate about music, decided to form a band.

“We all have very different signing styles. Ellie is a pop diva, Jake has a smooth urban sound and my voice is more indie rock,” explained Kyle.

“It sounds as though it shouldn’t work but you put the voices together and something special seems to happen.

“For us it’s not about the clothes or the image, it’s just about the singing.”

Kyle, of Rosefinch Way, Marton, added: “What’s happening is great for me because I’ve always loved music.

“I did media and performance at Manchester University and then I sang on cruise ships but that wasn’t really what I wanted to do.

“This is the type of music I’m into and to be getting somewhere with it is great. We’ve got 10,000 followers on our Twitter page and we’ve done it all by just ringing people and asking them to watch our videos on youtube.

“I watched the Spice Girls documentary and the way they went about it at the start. They knocked on producers doors and when you are nice about it, people listen. It seems to be working for us so far because we’ve got big gigs off the back of it and been contacted by a lot of people.”

Kyle says R3ACTON are writing plenty of material and should have an album’s worth by April. They also perform cover versions with a twist, taking songs and putting a unique spin on them - as illustrated perfectly by their terrific mash-up of Bruno Mars Billionaire and Fun’s We Are Young.

You can find out more about R3ACTION on Twitter at @r3action_hq

To vote for them as part of tomorrow’s Open Mic competition text OPEN84 to 86222.