Castleton’s Joe Smithson and band the Collectors Club will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Beyonce and Arctic Monkeys as they perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at the T in the Park festival,
The news that they had been selected to appear in the line up came unexpectedly as the guys have only been formed as a group since December.
The six-piece band includes lead vocals and guitar by Joe Smithson, Chris Weatherill on bass, keyboard and vocals. Lewis Mondal on bass and vocals, Joe Cockerline and Chris Readman on guitar and Joshua Barrett on the drums.
The BBC Introducing Stage is a platform for the best unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musical talents to showcase their music.
Joe Smithson (19) said: “It started as just a side-project with a couple of friends getting together last summer to write and arrange some songs.”
“We all had some time on our hands inbetween commitments to other bands or starting university, so we spent a few days in Chris’s attic in Saltburn, recording the tracks.
“At that point we didn’t have a drummer, we used drum software on the recordings. None of us expected it to go beyond that.”
He added: “The next few months are going to be pretty exciting, with T in the Park and Stockton Weekender Festival, obviously we’re hoping that one of these events will lead us to bigger things.”
Meanwhile I’m just enjoying it all, even if it can be a bit challenging trying to fit everything around guitar pupils and Co-op shifts.”
Their journey to discovery began when tracks were uploaded onto music sharing site Soundcloud, and they rapidly grew in popularity.
Their unique and catchy songs soon attracted the attention of local music promoter Henry Carden of Ten Feet Tall who offered them a gig, followed quickly by a headline slot at the Empire in Middlesborough.
Through Bob Fischer of BBC Tees the band caught the attention of Radio One and the organisers of T in the Park. He described their first song ‘Still Lie With You’ as “Pure summer- the perfect Indie pop song.”
Joe has been a familiar face in Whitby’s music scene since his early teens, he now teaches guitar and has been offered a place to study music at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
The Collectors Club are set to hit the stage on Saturday 9 July at around 3pm.