Radio One slot to help Golden Wings take off

Up-coming Blackpool-based band Golden Wings
Up-coming Blackpool-based band Golden Wings
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Up-and-coming Blackpool band Golden Wings are set for 15 minutes of national fame next week.

The band only formed last year, although its five members have known each other for years.

And on Wednesday evening, their track Step In, Step Out will be broadcast to the UK on Wednesday during Radio One DJ Huw Stephens’ new music show, as part of a special focus on Lancashire.

After a live BBC Introducing gig in Preston earlier this month, the band’s slot on the national broadcast was secured – and a manager contacted the band and has taken them on too.

Golden Wings are made up of singer Tom Gregory, 19, Giles Hayton, 20, on keys, drummer Henry Turner, 22, bass player Rob Kenny, 22, and guitarist Jack Beaman, 21.

Radio Lancashire’s BBC Introducing DJ Sean McGinty will present Lancashire acts Tirikilatops, Reuben Blue, Arctic Lake, Sun Drift, Golden Wings and Peur from Monday to Wednesday, alongside local music experts.

Sean, whose Saturday night show features ‘unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians’, said: “Golden Wings are doing really well, writing good songs and recording them well.

“They have terrific potential; great voices and tunes and are great live.”

And Jack added: “It’s amazing, brilliant news. Our BBC Introducing gig recently was the first time with the general public – previous gigs have been mainly friends and family, so to have people ask to buy our music after the set was just what we’ve been looking for.

“It’s been so helpful for us to have this platform, with them hosting that gig and broadening our horizons with the fan base as well.”

BBC Introducing has proven a key showcase for new music in recent years, with Blackpool’s Rae Morris and St Annes’ Darlia both featuring, as well as national stars Alt J, Friendly Fires, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Bombay Bicycle Club.

“It’s really gratifying to do this job,” Sean said. “With Rae, it was so long ago I first heard her that it was on a MySpace link; it wasn’t well recorded, but we had her in and recorded her live for the radio thinking she should be good – and she was.

“When it’s someone with a real home town link, it’s wonderful to see their success.

“Over the last 10 years of presenting the new music programme on BBC Radio Lancashire, I have come across so much talent. We really do punch above our weight as a county.

“The picks BBC Introducing in Lancashire made for Huw Stevens took forever to decide, as at any one time there are so many brand new artists we are supporting and playing on the programme.”

* Listen to Golden Wings on Huw Stephens’ show on Wednesday between 10pm and 1am.

Their live session will broadcast on Sean’s Radio Lancashire show on Saturday, May 2 from 8pm.