Morecambe band support McFly

Bob Hartford on stage during the gig. PHOTO by Ryan Edmondson.
Bob Hartford on stage during the gig. PHOTO by Ryan Edmondson.

SUPPORTING McFly at the Preston Guild Hall has given a Morecambe pop band the taste for the big time.

James Morrison of Idol Minds said the gig last Wednesday night was “an awesome experience”, and hopes it will be a springboard to even bigger things.

The Morecambe boys – James, Bob Hartford, Sam Lord and Ben Fleetwood – won a competition to play on the same bill as one of the UK’s biggest boy bands.

And James says they definitely seized the opportunity in front of a packed and hysterical crowd of not just McFly fans, but Idol Minds supporters too!

“It went unbelievably well,” he said. “There were a lot of our fans there. Some had even made cakes with ‘We Love Idol Minds’ on them!

“McFly were really nice. They chatted to us and gave us some advice, they said they had heard our music.

“We watched their sound check in the afternoon when the Guild Hall was completely empty.

“I thought they were a good band, really tight. They aren’t my favourite or anything but having seen them, I realised what brilliant musicians they are.

“They are Sam’s idols, have been since he was a little boy. It was a dream come true for him.”

But the day didn’t begin promisingly for Idol Minds when they arrived at the venue, when they discovered their van was blocking in McFly’s tour bus as it arrived!

They were also banned from throwing their trademark beach balls into the crowd during the performance. “Apparently on tour one of the drummers of the support bands threw a drum stick into the crowd and it struck a little girl in the eye,” said James. “So we were told we couldn’t chuck anything. But beach balls aren’t going to hurt anyone are they?”

But when it was time to go on stage, James said the band nailed it – playing three songs to a great response. “It’s what we want to be doing,” he said.

“Our music suits the big stage more than clubs and small venues. Now it’s just a case of gaining the opportunities.”

The next big chance for Idol Minds comes on May 19 when they perform at Liverpool’s Sound City Festival, headlined by top UK rapper Professor Green.

They are also playing at

Manchester’s Academy 3 on June 15, and have a local gig this Friday night (April 20) at More Music’s The Hothouse in the West End. Then comes a new single and possibly a debut album.

Idol Minds – yet another young band doing Morecambe proud!