Irish musicians secure Snow Patrol blessing
BELFAST boys A Plastic Rose certainly have friends in high places.
The group began the year by supporting Snow Patrol in London's O2 Arena before heading to their home town and performing at Belfast's Odyssey Arena – both sold-out shows with crowds of up to 34,000.
It came after Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody praised them in the August issue of Q magazine – and extended an invitation to join his Fallen Empires tour.
"It was mind-blowing stuff," says A Plastic Rose singer Ian McHugh.
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Ian and his bandmates – fellow singer Gerry Norman, bass player Troy Heaton and drummer David Reid – will play a gig at The Sugarmill in Hanley on Thursday, July 19.
The gig is headlined by Gravities.
Formed while Ian was studying architecture at Queen's University, A Plastic Rose have spent the past five years touring, recording and writing.
Their hard work has already won comparisons with Biffy Clyro and Foo Fighters.
"We all met in Belfast about six years ago," says Ian. "Gerry and I are both from the south, from Sligo, but we all met around Queen's University.
"I started to play in the band during my final year and sort of never went back.
"We came to study but got lost in rock and roll."
Last year they released a mini-album, The Promise Notes, through their Di Di Mau label.
Their full debut is expected in September, and their single, Boy Racer, is out now.
After their date in Hanley they are jetting off for a string of gigs in Portugal.
A Plastic Rose are at The Sugarmill, in Hanley on Thursday, July 19. For tickets call 01782 206000.