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In The Lightyears, we like to eat.

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Part Two of my American Tour Blog… SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 3.30pm (Union Square, New York, USA): Let me bring you up-to-speed. Less than twenty hours ago we were playing a gig in Southampton, England. Now we are standing onstage in the sweltering Manhattan heat performing to a crowd of thousands

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Two shows, two continents… one day.

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A few days ago we returned from a whirlwind tour of New York. I kept a diary – and here’s Part 1… SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 4.40am (Tony’s house, Twyford, England): Most parts of me hurt. The sofa I slept on last night was just slightly shorter than me, and the

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250 people squeezed into the Barfly…

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On Thursday night we supported the Mystery Jets at a sold-out Camden Barfly. It was a hot August evening and the punters were packed into the Barfly’s intimate dimensions like moist sardines. The Jets had been forced to cancel a few weeks’ worth of festivals due to lead singer Blaine

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It's not often that our stage has turf…

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On Monday evening we played at London Road Football Stadium in front of Manchester United and around 12,000 people.  For George and I this was a chance to perform to our biggest ever crowd, to mingle with some of the most famous sporting celebrities in the world and take a

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One of the highlights of my summer…

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I am writing this from an idyllic rural paradise in the South of France. Herman & The Hermits are on the stereo, the sun is beating down from high in the blue sky and I am sipping from a glistening, chilled bottle of The Greatest Beer On The Planet –

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Legendary people, legendary night…

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I woke up this morning to a scene of quite riveting oddness. First of all, I was slumped unceremoniously on a couch upon which I had never slept before. Secondly, the person curled up next to me was not the person who had been curled up next to me when

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LYs on the Beeb

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We just got back from an interview and live session on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. The station picked up on us a couple of months ago, around the time of the release of the Peterborough United song, and asked us into the studio to see if we had anything up our

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Life should always be exactly like this

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Last night at 4.30am we arrived back in London at the end of a serious contender for the best weekend of our lives. Glastonbury Festival 2008. Two Lightyears gigs, glorious sunshine, a shedload of bands, more strawberry cider than you can shake a stick at and a breathtaking sunset over

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12 hours 'till Glastonbury…

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I am writing this on the tube, which is a first for a Lightyears blog. It’s like being a proper Londoner. Except, if I was a proper Londoner, I guess I’d be wearing a pearly suit and carrying a banana. But in lieu of those things, a MacBook and a

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Everybody. Hates. Keyboard players.

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A shopping trip to Turnkey goes awry.

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