G4 heading to town

THEY are the X Factor losers whose debut album shot to the top of the charts – and they're on their way to Ipswich. G4 are heading out on their first national tour later this year and will be stopping off at the Regent on June 10.

THEY are the X Factor losers whose debut album shot to the top of the charts – and they're on their way to Ipswich.

G4 are heading out on their first national tour later this year and will be stopping off at the Regent on June 10. Tickets for the concert go on sale tomorrow morning.

The Guildhall Four, are currently the kings of The X Factor despite losing out in the final of the reality TV show to Steve Brookstein.

Their self-titled debut long player entered the UK album charts at number one on Sunday and is reported to be the biggest selling album of the year so far.

It features many of the songs, sung in a pop opera style, that saw the quartet through to the finals of the talent contest, including Bohemian Rhapsody and Creep.

Before the album was released member Jon Ansell said: "The sound of the album will build on what we achieved on the show. Our act is a little different from what is out there and we hope that was what drew people to us.

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"We are all just so excited and already so proud of the album."

G4 are Jon, Matt Stiff, Michael Christie and Ben Thapa and they are all classically trained singers.

They met at the Guildhall School of Music where G4 began life as a busking act, a sideline to allow them to make money and gain experience as a group.

Although they were successful, G4 looked set to drift apart however – until Jon spotted an advert for The X Factor that is.

He added: "We genuinely didn't expect to make it right through to the end and although The X factor might not have seemed an obvious direction for us, it has given us an unbelievable platform.

"I hope opened people's eyes about the possibilities of classical singing and opera. If it has, that would be incredible."

n G4 will be at Ipswich Regent on June 10. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning priced £25 (plus booking fee).

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