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Our Christmas at Ascot

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There’s only one guy who had a busier December than we did, and he’s got magic powers. Which I think we can all agree gives him an unfair advantage. Yep, we spent the lion’s share of the festive period at Ascot Racecourse, where we had the pleasure of providing the entertainment

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Our Favourite Moments Of 2013

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In January there was some talk at Lightyears HQ about going all out to make 2013 the year we finally knocked Coldplay off their perch as the World’s Most Celebrated Polite Rock Band. However, in the end we got distracted by eating hot dogs on the banks of the Hudson

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Check out www.MockstarsTheNovel.com

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For the past few years I’ve been working on a music novel inspired by my international tour diaries for The Lightyears. It’s called Mockstars, and I like to churlishly refer to it as ‘an uplifting tale of debts, mugs and rock ‘n’ roll’. Mockstars has its very own website now

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Our summer season of music festivals

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Last Sunday we drove to a small seaside town, just south of Colchester, to perform at the Brightlingsea Festival. I’ve always thought there was something quite poetic about travelling to the very edge of the country to play music – and the whole experience was made all the better by

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Festival season climax – Brownstock 2013!

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As pianist in The Lightyears, I’d like to express my gratitude to the organisers of Brownstock 2013 for naming an entire stage after my instrument – and, as a corollary, for booking us to headline said stage on Saturday 31 August (marking, rather conveniently, the climax to our festival season).

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British bands in America: our USA highlights

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British bands in America have, if I’m honest, a bit of an easy time of it. The fabulously successful exports of our forebears (chiefly The Beatles, who basically did all the hard work for us) mean we are always greeted with open arms when we land Stateside, and as a

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Astoria Park Concert Series to host LYs…

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We’ve played quite a number of gigs in New York over the years, but the Astoria Park Concert Series in 2010 was a real highlight. We rocked up at the venue not knowing quite what to expect. It was our first time performing in Astoria, so we had no idea

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The LYs return to Burlington Amphitheater…

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Burlington Amphitheater in Westampton, New Jersey, is one of our favourite places to play in America. We have an interesting history there. Our first booking was in July 2009, when we were scheduled to perform outside in the Amphitheater – coinciding, as it happened, with one of New Jersey’s famous

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Our Top 5 Glastonbury Festival Memories

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It’s Glasto week, children, but I’m not going. Boo-hoo. I couldn’t get tickets, and Mr Eavis’ invitation for The Lightyears to bump the Stones off their headline slot must have got lost in the post, because we’re not playing this year either. However, to mark the occasion I thought I’d

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The LYs & The Riverton Circle Of Friends

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The Lightyears grew up in a quiet village on the Oxfordshire/Berkshire border called Goring-on-Thames. The band has spent most of its professional life in London, but I reckon we’ll always think of Goring as ‘where we come from’. That’s right – Eminem has the mean streets of Detroit, Oasis have

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