The much anticipated debut of the world’s biggest boy band, Only Boys Aloud complete with boys from North Wales will take place at this year’s fabulous Access All Eirias at Eirias Stadium in Colwyn Bay on Sunday June 7 Only Boys Aloud will feature the full choir of 13-19 year olds from the south along with boys who are being recruited at rehearsals this month in Holyhead, Caernarfon, Rhyl and Wrexham. The big stage at Access All Eirias offers the pan-Wales choir their first live performance, where they join an expanding family line-up of headliners The Vamps and Foxes. It has been announced that another local voice will take to the stage on June 7, with the Ruthin Rapper, Joe Woolford, a recent contestant on BBC1’s The Voice joining the growing line-up. Joe was coached by Rita Ora on the show and got as far as the live semi-finals, where he performed Labrinth’s Jealous, and sang with Rita and fellow contestant Karis on their version of Magic chart-topper Rude. Afterwards Joe told Emma Willis the experience had been “unreal”, adding: “I auditioned for series one and I didn’t even make it on to the show.” Access All Eirias promoter, Pablo Janczur of Wales’ largest independent music promoter, Orchard, said: “We’re excited that Access All Eirias will be the first live appearance by the expanded North Wales Only Boys Aloud to increase the family appeal of the event even further. With great pop acts The Vamps, Foxes and now Joe Woolford, it should be a great day out, and there are more acts still to be announced.” Only Boys Aloud is celebrating its fifth year in 2015, during which time they have experienced some incredible highs, including the final of Britain’s Got Talent, singing at Buckingham Palace, and recording a Top 40 Christmas album. OBA Music Director Tim Rhys Evans said: “It is terrific that we are now able to involve boys from North Wales in Only Boys Aloud, a region with such a fantastically rich choral heritage. We always aim to recruit lads from every type of background and with our policy of neither charging nor auditioning, we hope that hundreds more lads will give choral singing a go, maybe for the first time. Access All Eirias gives us a tremendous opportunity to bring the whole choir together for the first time, and we can’t wait.” Rehearsals for North Wales begin on April 20, any boy aged 13-19 is welcome, regardless of experience. There are no auditions and no fees for taking part, the message is - just come along and give it a try! Times are: Wrexham: Bamford Suite, Wrexham Racecourse Stadium Tuesdays 6.30 – 8.30 Rhyl: Rhyl Pavilion Theatre Mondays 6.30 – 8.30 Caernarfon: Caernarfon Rugby Club Mondays 6.30 – 8.30 Holyhead: Holyhead Football Club Tuesdays 6.30 – 8.30 OBA North Wales Project Manager Eleri Watkins said: “This is a really wonderful opportunity for the boys of North Wales, which will change their lives and broaden their horizons. We have found a wonderful team of captains who will lead the local rehearsals, and are really looking forward to taking to the stage at Eirias Stadium on June 7.” This project will be launched in style on Friday 17th April with an event at Bounce Below in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
One of the most talked about artists of 2015, Foxes, aka 22-year-old singer and songwriter Louisa Rose Allen, has been announced as the main support for The Vamps at this year’s fabulous Access All Eirias at Eirias Stadium in Colwyn Bay on Sunday June 7 The announcement follows hot on the heels of news of pop sensations The Vamps’ north Wales appearance, and will appeal to Foxes’ growing army of fans of her soaring pop melodies such as the singles Youth, which reached Number 12 and featured in a Debenham’s advertising campaign, Let’s Go For Tonight which peaked at Number 7, and the Zedd collaboration Clarity which made the Billboard Top 10 in the US and won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Already Foxes has supported Pharrell Williams on his European Tour, performed on Rudimental’s Number 1 selling album and live with them at last year’s Reading Festival, played a number of summer festivals including V and Wireless, and even featured in an episode of Doctor Who, performing Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now as a 1920s jazz number. Foxes – the name reflects a dream Louisa’s mum had about the animals producing beautiful noises – achieved a Top 5 debut album, and released the pop anthem single and title track Glorious from it. She is currently working on new material which should be issued around the time of Access All Eirias. Access All Eirias promoter, Pablo Janczur of Wales’ largest independent music promoter, Orchard, said: “Foxes is getting a lot of attention, and has already achieved a remarkable amount for such a young career. Her appearance on the bill with The Vamps makes it a really strong line up at Eirias Stadium on June 7, the day after we bring Sir Elton John to north Wales for the first time.” The Vamps are a social media phenomenon, the four teenage boys from different areas of the UK hooking up via YouTube. Fifteen million online hits, a quarter of a million YouTube subscribers, and a major label recording deal later and the boys were stars before they released their first single. The Vamps singer Bradley Will Simpson, guitarist James McVey, drummer Tristan Evans and bassist Connor Ball have since gone on to record five Top 10 singles, Can We Dance; Wild Heart; Last Night; Somebody To You and Cecilia. They now have 2 sold out arena tours under their belt and Their debut album Meet The Vamps won a Gold disk and reached Number 2 in the charts and the band are well on their way to becoming an international phenomenon. In addition to staging Sir Elton John on June 6, and The Vamps on June 7, Orchard is also promoting Elvis Costello at Venue Cymru on June 7 as well.