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October 2014

NOTTINGHAM guitar band Lacey will support James Blunt at the Capital FM Arena in November.

The multi-million-selling chart-topper chose the quartet from five local artists shortlisted by EG.

“Lacey seem like a lot fun, full of energy,” says Blunt. “I’m really excited to have them as my support act for Nottingham.”

He asked EG to help him find a support act from Nottingham for the date on November 22, part of his worldwide Moon Landing tour. Over 100 singer-songwriters, bands and rappers applied by sending in a link to a video of them performing.

EG chose the best five to send on to Blunt. As well as Lacey, whose Hometown video was filmed in the city centre and at the Albert Hall, the lost included rapper Ashmore, teenage singer-songwriter Tyler Nugent, soul pop musician Rob Green and quirky band 94 Gunships.

“It’s fantastic – we’re blown away,” says Lacey’s drummer David Pearson.

“Hopefully it’ll be a game-changer for us.”

Lacey, which also features Graham Turner, Josh Lewin and Pete Maksymiw, has been together for three years and picked up a strong enough following to pay for a debut album, which is soon to be released.

“The three others went to uni here and I lived with their housemate,” says David.

“We played in a five-a-side football team together and we were awful so we had to start a band instead.”

They toured the UK earlier this year.

“We were playing to 500-capacity rooms mostly, which is pretty good, but this one is absolutely huge.

“We’re confident we will be able to win over the 10,000 crowd. We put on an entertaining show.”

All band members live in the city centre.

Says David: “I actually live next door to the Arena so it’ll be a short stumble home for me.”

Blunt’s rise to fame was helped by Elton John, who invited him to support him on tour in 2002.

“One night I was playing to 40 people and then next I was playing to 40,000,” says the 40-year-old.

“It was a fantastic opportunity and I want to be able to do that for someone else.”

Tickets are £42-£88 from the venue. Call 0843 373 3000 or go to For more about Lacey search LaceyOfficialUK on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Watch their Hometown video at /entertainment. 

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