A hotly tipped band from the north who have been wowing festival crowds this summer play The Joiners this month.

Oddity Road, who come from Eyam in the Peak District, have already toured with The Sherlocks, been championed by BBC Introducing and worked with one of the country’s best music producers.

Now frontman Jack Heath, lead guitarist Dan Brennan, bassist Joel Gilbourne and drummer Ethan Lambert are hoping their show in Southampton on September 22 can rival the scenes seen at festivals like Y Not in Derbyshire and Tramlines in Sheffield, where they played to hundreds of bouncing fans.

After coming off stage at Y Not, songwriter Jack told The Daily Echo about the band’s new single called All Again, which they recorded with Wolverhampton producer Gavin Monaghan.

“It’s about long summer days like this, really good times at festivals or anywhere else with your mates, and then longing to do it all again when it’s all over.

“It’s a catchy upbeat number which we’ve had in our set for a while. We love playing it live.”

The teenagers are hoping their first headline tour will help them begin to emulate the success of their touring pals The Sherlocks, who first played The Joiners in 2015 and now play stadiums in Japan with Noel Gallagher.

Ethan says they learnt a lot from being on the road with the South Yorkshire group.

“We’ve adopted their moto, which is to always go on stage and enjoy it and never have a bad gig.

“We’ve also learnt from their use of backing vocals and harmonies to create a bigger wall of sound, plus it helps keep us all busy on stage,” he laughed.

Joel added, “They showed us that gigs should always be about the music and that we should never hesitate to turn up our amps and make as much noise as we can.”

Oddity Road’s first performance beyond their local strongholds was supporting The Sherlocks at Manchester’s iconic Albert Hall in 2017 in from of more than 2,000 people.

“It was quite a shock walking out into that room, especially compared to the size of events we’d done before,” said Dan.

In February, the lads sold out 500 tickets for their own headline show in Sheffield and are now aiming to fill the city’s much larger Leadmill venue. Their first single Don’t Hold Me Down, an infectious guitar-fuelled, big-beat indie tune, was released earlier this year and was championed by BBC Introducing East Midlands.

Oddity Road play The Joiners on Saturday September 22 with support from Southampton’s The Edit and Sunstreets. Tickets at oddityroad.com

Richard Derbyshire