Area’s rising indie talent on show at Royal Hall concert

The Purple Mafia.
The Purple Mafia.

A YOUNG indie band from Ripon Grammar School are to appear at Harrogate’s most glittering venue.

Aged just 15, the five-piece Purple Mafia will appear on the big stage of the stunning Edwardian Royal Hall on Friday, February 3 as part of the Jar Music Showcase Event which also features Rosie, Summer City, The Tickets, Dukes for Bevington, A-stray, and soloist Aaron Bertinshaw.

Made up of Josh Stockdale (lead guitar), Dan Reynard (singer), Tom Stringer (bass), Harry Yates (rhythm guitar) and Toby Hussey (drums), Purple Mafia have built up nearly 2,000 fans on Facebook.

They were also featured last year on BBC Look North while their single She Thinks It has attracted 11,500 views on YouTube so far.

Having played at venues such as Fibbers, The Cockpit, The Cavern, Journal Tyne Theatre, lead guitarist Josh said: “We’d absolutely love to get as many gigs, support slots and festivals as physically possible. We are part of 6K Vision records, a youth music project, who have been amazing to us.”

Although they perform original material only, the band are influenced by the sounds of The Kooks, Muse and Two Door Cinema Club.

This busy bunch of young guys will also be recording their new single and video, Inappropriate Banana next month.

Josh said: “We are passionate about our band and have the most supportive fan base anyone could wish for. We are still young but have tons of experience and enthusiasm and want 2012 to be our UK breakthrough.”

For more info, visit www.facebook.com/1PurpleMafia and www.youtube.com/user/1PurpleMafia/videos