Best friends since school, George, Chris, Tony and John have been working together for the past five years to create an unbeatable and totally unique events band. They have travelled around the world, played hundreds of shows together and, most importantly, are incredibly passionate about their music. It is the electricity between the band members, and the energy that pours from the stage, that means The Lightyears consistently fill dancefloors from South London to South Asia.
The Lightyears’ polished, high-octane set recently earned them a residency at Wembley Stadium, where they have now played three times to crowds of 50,000 people in support to name acts such as Right Said Fred and Diversity (winners of Britain’s Got Talent). The band’s international residencies include The Queen’s Birthday Ball in South Korea, the PAWS Ball in Thailand, the Cape Town Tens Rugby Tournament in South Africa and the Union Square Summer Concert Series in New York.
In late 2009, the boys were thrust into the spotlight when they wrote the soundtrack for, and starred in, T-Mobile’s “Josh’s Band” ad campaign, resulting in major TV exposure and a single release with Universal Records. They also got to see their faces on buses and billboards across the country, which was quite an experience!
Alongside appearing at events and functions, the LYs tour widely as an originals act. The band have been awarded BEST POP/ROCK ACT at the UK Indy Awards, headlined the Cavern Club, Clapham Grand and London Astoria, played Glastonbury Festival three times and worked with Grammy award-winning producer Hugh Padgham (whose hits include “Every Breath You Take” by The Police and Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight”). The band’s clients include Wembley Stadium, Adidas, ITV, Manchester United, Time Out New York, South African Breweries and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to South Korea.
“Definitely one of the best bands I have ever seen or heard” – Hugh Padgham, Producer (Sting, Paul McCartney, Elton John, David Bowie)
“The Lightyears are being widely touted as Next Big Things” – London Metro
“Bloody brilliant!” – Roger Taylor, drummer from Queen