Harrogate singer heading for London

HARROGATE'S leading indie rock music singer is heading to London next week hopeful of repeating the success of his previous band.

Now a part of D'Nile, Liam Gray plays a showcase concert at No 1 club for a London-based TV company in Leicester Square next Wednesday.

Nearly 100 fans from Harrogate are travelling south to see whether D'Nile can make as good an impression as IV Play made in their short-lived career.

Liam said he was looking forward to the show in the heart of the West End, organised by Princess Productions, one of the UK's top ten independent television production companies.

"We've been told a lot of record labels are coming to the show, and celebrities such as Jodie Marsh and Chris Tarrant. To be playing in front of these type of people is a massive opportunity for us."

In 2004, Liam's previous Harrogate-based pop rock band IV Play were signed by Mark Owen's management team.

The band enjoyed a brief taste of the limelight, performing in front of 70,000 people as the backing band for the former Take That star Mark Owen.

But a six-month move to London in readiness for a record deal saw too much pressure placed on Liam, songwriter Nader Mabadi and fellow members of the group.

Liam, who is also a footballer with Harrogate Railway, is hopeful the new band D'Nile (formerly The Sound) will go that one step further.

Consisting of Liam, lead guitarist Steve Mosby, rhythm guitarist Jason Baldwin, bassist Andy Mosby and drummer Andy Kearns, the band has been going from strength to strength recently.

"We've got a new name and all the songs in our set are written by ourselves. It's more of a band feel now. Everything seems to be going in the right direction."

Liam said the band were very grateful for their fans support. Recent appearances at Harrogate International Centre had attracted 900 people.

"There's a coach-load going to London next week but I've also heard people are going down by train and car. Some are taking two days' off work. We really appreciate everyone's support.

With a myspace site up and running and a debut album only three or four tracks form completion, D'Nile also have a series of gigs lined-up after next week's big night in London.

A warm-up show at Harrogate's XS club, formerly Cardinal Sins, tomorrow, Saturday, will be followed by gigs at the Rat & Parrot in Harrogate next month and Daddy Cools in Knaresborough.

D'Nile have also been booked to appear at the three-day Thornborough Music Festival near Grewelthorpe, Ripon in July.

You can hear track by the band at www.myspace.com/dnileuk

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