Archives are taking music to new heights

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There’s one or two bands around Blackpool who can claim to have played at the Tower.

But there’s not many can claim they’ve done a gig at the very top.

But that’s what lies in wait for Blackpool band The Lost Archives this weekend.

It’s not been a bad year for the heavy rock outfit – who just happen to be named after The Gazette’s very own nostalgia section.

Not only were they crowned the winners of the Blue Room’s battle of the bands, they’ve been busy making waves on the wider North West scene and beyond.

But never will they have performed in quite such an unusual location – 158 metres above the Promenade with 200 VIP guests in attendance.

“We chose the name after spotting a poster outside a newsagent,” explained the band’s Mark Millard, a Sheffield University student.

“We took our name from The Gazette and now we’re in it!”

The five-piece – Luke Fox, Mark Millard, Ben Corner, Jonathan Osbourne, Gabrielle Smith-Hart – have been busy building themselves a reputation close to home but are keen to now spread their winds – after they’ve soared to dizzying heights of course.

“We’ve played all around Blackpool in venues such as the Tache Rock venue, West Coast Rock Cafe, The Burlington, the Old Town Hall in Poulton, The Apple andParrot (formerly The Star pub) and The Links in St Annes,” said Mark.

“We branched out with our first gig in Sheffield this month.

“We’ve got real hopes now of taking the band to Liverpool, Manchester and hopefully London, but we’ve got to get everyone to the top of the Tower first.

“It’s a fairly unique place to play, we’re excited to be involved.” The band have also been busy in the studio and have their first release online – they’re hoping it will soon be available in CD format.

Things are undoubtedly going well for the group but are still juggling music and day jobs, as Mark explained: “I’m in my 3rd year at Sheffield University studying Music, Luke is a graduate from Lancaster and owns a composition and event organising company, Ben is also a graduate from Lancaster and has always been an active musician.

“Jonathan is in his second year at UCLAN studying music and Gabrielle works as a carer but has become a strong and well known front woman too.”

If you haven’t got a ticket for the HMV Blackpool Christmas Party on Saturday at the top of the Tower, don’t worry.

You can still catch The Lost Archives this weekend.

They’ll be playing tomorrow night at The Tache rock club. Find out more at