Heartbreaks take Japan by storm

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MORECAMBE’S fast-rising pop band The Heartbreaks have taken the Far East by storm.

The local lads played Japan’s biggest music festival on Friday in front of 6,000 screaming fans and did an hour-long autograph signing of their album Funtimes for more than 1,000 people.

The group’s manager Nian Brindle said The Heartbreaks have been recognised by fans in the streets in Japan, are in high demand by local TV and radio stations for interviews, and their last single Delay Delay is being played around 12 times a day on mainstream Japanese radio stations.

The band – Matthew Whitehouse, Joseph Kondras, Ryan Wallace and Chris ‘Deaks’ Deakin – were part of the Fuji Rock Festival alongside The Stone Roses, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Beady Eye.

The lads even said hello to rock royalty Stones Roses front man Ian Brown, Noel Gallagher and Liam Gallagher while they were there.

Whilst in Japan they also played gigs in Osaka and at the Burberry store in Tokyo.

Now the boys are coming home for a concert at Smokey O’Connor’s pub in Morecambe on Friday, August 10 prior to the release of their next single Polly on September 3.

The Polly digital EP will include a cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire and two other songs – Come Home Katie and Nicolas.

*Here is your chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to see The Heartbreaks in Morecambe. Simply answer this question: Which Bruce Springsteen song will The Heartbreaks cover on the Polly single?

Write your answer on a piece of paper or postcard and send it to The Heartbreaks Competition, Editorial, 12 Victoria Street, Morecambe, Lancs, LA4 4AG or email it to greg.lambert@lmnews.co.uk.

Please include your full name, address and daytime phone number. The closing date is next Tuesday, August 7. Only one entry per household will be accepted.