Band on high after festival

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A BOXFORD band played the “gig of their lives” at one of the country’s largest music festivals, writes Elliot Pinkham.

Indie-rock four-piece This Boy Wonders played the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds Festival.

Lead singer and guitarist Chris Athorne, 23, said: “It was brilliant, very exciting and very surreal.

“This year we’ve played some really good gigs, including two O2 Academies and the Cavern Club in Liverpool, but this is by far the biggest we’ve played.

“It was the biggest crowd we’ve played to, probably around 2,000 people at Reading and then 1,000 at Leeds.”

The band – made up of Chris, guitarist Lee Wilkins, 32, bassist Nikk Butcher, 23, and drummer Mark Willis, 46, played a 20-minute set, consisting of six songs, at each venue.

“We didn’t play any songs that we have recorded, so they were pretty much new tracks,” said Chris.

As well as the watching crowds, This Boy Wonders, who formed in 2009, were surprised to find out they had attracted an even larger audience.

Chris said: “I got a text from a friend saying they were watching us on TV – we made the highlights show on BBC 3 and they played two of our songs on Friday.

“We’ve had tonnes of Twitter activity and people have been posting comments on our Facebook page saying we were amazing.”

Having experienced the rush of playing to their biggest crowd, the band have high aspirations.

“We are recording a new album in September, we go into the studio in two weeks,” said Chris. “We’ve already been approached by a few people in terms of management – the potential is huge.”

This Boy Wonders returned to more low-key appearances last week, with an acoustic gig at Crabtree’s cafe in High Street, Hadleigh, before appearing at the BNatural Festival in Bildeston.