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New band aims for magnetic attraction

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

A UNIQUE band of musicians are fast proving to have a magnetic draw to Ipswich.

Only days after they wowed football fans during half time at the Ipswich Town vs Blackburn Rovers match at Portman Road and a few months after their crowd pulling performance at the New Wolsey's Pulse Festival, The Magnets are returning to town.

A UNIQUE band of musicians are fast proving to have a magnetic draw to Ipswich.

Only days after they wowed football fans during half time at the Ipswich Town vs Blackburn Rovers match at Portman Road and a few months after their crowd pulling performance at the New Wolsey's Pulse Festival, The Magnets are returning to town.

The a cappella group, who found fame after appearing on BBC1's Star For A Night last year, will perform at the New Wolsey again on Thursday and Friday nights.

The Magnets have been carving out a name for themselves with their alternative style of pop music since their appearance on the Jane McDonald-fronted television programme.

They may not have won the competition but that has done little to hold them back and since then they have been gigging across Europe and releasing singles and an album of their music through EMI.

They have performed alongside well established musical names including Tom Jones and Lionel Richie.

And earlier this year – during the General Election campaign – they joined forces with Tony Blair, who rates the band as one of his favourites, and performed at the Labour Party celebration.

The Magnets music is different to the majority of sounds around and while it would be easy to group them together with a host of other bands who simply get on stage and sing, to do so would be way off the mark.

The band can play instruments, they just choose not to and it is this that makes their music unique.

The only equipment they use is microphones to make their voices heard.

It is hard to tell from just listening to the music but the band, whose member Steve Trowell is a former Ipswich School pupil, produce all the sounds, rhythms and melodies vocally.

Andy is vocal percussionist creating the sound of everything from bass drum to high hat. Colin adds the bass to the mix while Michael, James, Nic and Steve provide the layers of harmony and lead vocals.

Describing themselves The Magnets suggest they are a pop band that just happens not to have instruments and summing up why they do what they do Colin said: "We love performing. It's one of the most exciting things in the world."

And performing in Ipswich is also something they seem to love doing. If rumours are to be believed, The Magnets are on their way to the top, so catch them while you can.

nThe Magnets perform at the New Wolsey at 7.45pm on Thursday and Friday. Tickets cost £5.95 to £11.95 and are available at the theatre box office in Civic Drive, Ipswich, by calling 01473 295900 or by e-mailing tickets@wolseytheatre.co.uk

Weblink: www.themagnets.com

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