Band signs up to support The Who

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A local band will realise a dream when they play for thousands of music fans supporting rock’s original pinball wizards next month.

Four-piece Slydigs, whose bassist Ben Breslin and drummer Peter Fleming are from Newton-le-Willows, have been picked as the support act for rock legends The Who on five arena dates across the country in December.

The band, whose line-up is completed by singer and rhythm guitarist Dean Fairhurst from Burtonwood and lead guitarist and backing vocalist Louis Menguy from Lowton, will open for Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and company at giant venues in Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff and London.

The gigs supporting The Who, best knows for hits such as My Generation and ambitious rock opera Tommy, will be by far the biggest Slydigs have ever played and the group has been enjoying considerable acclaim since announcing the support slot, including regional television appearances and hundreds of complimentary messages from excited fans on social media.

Peter said: “It’s a dream come true to be sharing the stage with rock n roll royalty of this calibre and an honour to warm up the crowd.”

Slydigs will join The Who Hits 50 UK tour on December 11 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena before appearances at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and two days at the O2 Arena in London.

The band has drawn considerable acclaim for its brand of uptempo music blending indie, blues and rock ‘n’ roll which has drawn comparisons to the likes of Oasis and early Arctic Monkeys and can be heard on their single Stiff Upper Lip and five-track EP Down With The Mockery.

Guitarist and vocalist Dean says that playing on the same bill as such a legendary act has also fuelled their own ambitions as musicians.

He said: “Since Inception we have viewed The Who with such high regard that to now be supporting them is simply a dream come true.

“Now we must step up to the plate to play in the big league and we are aiming for the top.

“Not only has their music influenced us throughout our lives but their success is something that we aspire to achieve.”

Fans heading to see them on the arena tour can also enjoy hearing Slydigs’ songs in a very different setting as the four-piece will warm up for their jaunt with The Who with an intimate show at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester on December 12.

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