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Burton band get big break

A Burton band are hoping to hit the big time after being chosen to play at a Noel Gallagher party.

The band Phoenix Salvation, who only starting playing gigs this year, have been selected to play at Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Bird’s aftershow party at the Old Carling Academy in Birmingham later in the year.

Vocalist Jim Marston, 25, a former pupil of the town’s Blessed Robert Sutton High School, said: “Our lead guitarist, Joe Evans, applied for it and they must have liked what they heard because they offered us a spot.

“I am laid back about it at the moment because it is so far away still but I know I will feel it when I stand on the stage.

“It is quite a big deal. It is amazing that our first gig was at The Wetmore Whistle on January 20. I will never forget that. We gave out 20 demos that night and then it exploded.

“It wasn’t long ago I had been just playing in my bedroom.

“We want to do as much as we can, I love what we are all doing and we are gigging at the right places. We just enjoy being part of the massive music scene in Burton, which I didn’t realise was so big.”

He said the band had been completely booked out in February and March.

The other band members are drummer Dave Goring and bass guitarist Danny Scott.

The band’s inspirations include Foo Fighters, Stereophonics and Oasis. They are also hoping to play at the Glastonbudget tribute and new acts festival in Leicestershire in June.

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