Union J visiting HMV in Southampton this lunchtime

VIDEO: Hundreds descend on Southampton city centre for boyband Union J

A queue of excited Union J fans outside HMV

A queue of excited fans outside HMV

Union J in Southampton. Picture by Ian Crump

One of the first fans to meet the band was 15-year-old Chelsie Jones from Hythe

Union J fans Holly Watson and Sharna Mutero, both 15, from Southampton

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HUNDREDS of young girls have descended on Southampton this lunchtime, desperate to catch a glimpse of their pop idols.

Queues of excited fans currently snake from HMV all the way down to Primark as they wait for their chance to meet Union J.

Jaymi, Josh, JJ and George, made famous on the X-Factor, are currently appearing in the music store where they are signing copies of their new single, Tonight (We live forever).

The single, which is the first from their second studio album, was released on Sunday.

The Southampton visit is part of their nationwide tour of HMV stores to publicise their new track.

As fans  waited anxiously outside, the Daily Echo was able to sneak backstage and have a quick word with the band as they prepared to come out and greet their adoring fans.

They told us it's their first trip to the city since forming on ITV's X Factor two years ago.

Since then they've had a whirlwind of success and are now on a national tour before releasing their album later this year.

Singer Josh Cuthbert said: "I was actually born in Portsmouth so I have a bit of a soft spot for Southampton.

 "We'd just like to say a massive thank you, we've been away for eight months so thank you to all our fans for sticking with us and believing in us, we can't thank you guys enough.

Fellow band member JJ Hamblett added: "We've never been to Southampton before so we're really exited to meet all our fans on the South."

When the boys appeared, screams filled the streets of Southampton City Centre as the Union J signing got underway.

Some of the girls in the queue tell us they have been waiting to meet the band since 10pm last night.

Danielle Thomas, 15 and Ashley Burton, 15 from Hedge End are still waiting in the queue as excitement levels rise.

They said: "It's amazing that they are coming to see us and I'm so excited to see them. We have been such big fans of them and this is so surreal."

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12:45pm Wed 20 Aug 14

richieroo says...

Nice to see a Union in Soton that is popular with someone other than Southy!!. ;-)
Nice to see a Union in Soton that is popular with someone other than Southy!!. ;-) richieroo
  • Score: 15

12:56pm Wed 20 Aug 14

burgerboy says...

Piece written by Melanie Adams, crime reporter........
Say's it all really doesn't it. (;o).
Piece written by Melanie Adams, crime reporter........ Say's it all really doesn't it. (;o). burgerboy
  • Score: 18

1:45pm Wed 20 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

"Singer Josh Cuthbert said: "I was actually born in Portsmouth so I have a bit of a soft spot for Southampton"

Josh, I think you've done being Pompey wrong!
"Singer Josh Cuthbert said: "I was actually born in Portsmouth so I have a bit of a soft spot for Southampton" Josh, I think you've done being Pompey wrong! camerajuan
  • Score: 15

3:21pm Wed 20 Aug 14

yellowhedgepig says...

Who?
Who? yellowhedgepig
  • Score: 15

7:30pm Wed 20 Aug 14

03alpe01 says...

yellowhedgepig wrote:
Who?
My sentiments exactly
[quote][p][bold]yellowhedgepig[/bold] wrote: Who?[/p][/quote]My sentiments exactly 03alpe01
  • Score: 11

7:31pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Rocket 1 says...

Please do not give out my Address to all of these Girls but I have Got the Boys round my Place till the Weekend............
Please do not give out my Address to all of these Girls but I have Got the Boys round my Place till the Weekend............ Rocket 1
  • Score: 11

10:40pm Wed 20 Aug 14

gristle says...

It's a wonder that the Echo didn't describe them as 'World famous musicians'
It's a wonder that the Echo didn't describe them as 'World famous musicians' gristle
  • Score: 7

11:14pm Wed 20 Aug 14

non sailor, lymington says...

Millionaires before they're 20 years old. I'm about 50 years too late. I don't suppose seeing Bill Haley and his Comets arrive at Soton docks in the 50's counts ?.
Millionaires before they're 20 years old. I'm about 50 years too late. I don't suppose seeing Bill Haley and his Comets arrive at Soton docks in the 50's counts ?. non sailor, lymington
  • Score: 2

2:18pm Thu 21 Aug 14

WoolstonSean says...

non sailor, lymington wrote:
Millionaires before they're 20 years old. I'm about 50 years too late. I don't suppose seeing Bill Haley and his Comets arrive at Soton docks in the 50's counts ?.
No it doesn't count lol, plus it doesn't take much to be a millionaire before your 20 years old these days if your in the right position to do so!
[quote][p][bold]non sailor, lymington[/bold] wrote: Millionaires before they're 20 years old. I'm about 50 years too late. I don't suppose seeing Bill Haley and his Comets arrive at Soton docks in the 50's counts ?.[/p][/quote]No it doesn't count lol, plus it doesn't take much to be a millionaire before your 20 years old these days if your in the right position to do so! WoolstonSean
  • Score: 1

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