Ah, good old wholesome pop, you can't beat it. Well, you can, but you'd get locked up for it. Without the pop charts, it could be argued that our music-industry might collapse around our ears and that punters would 'shop abroad'. Really? Without the likes of Take That, East 17, JLS, The Script and Big Fun (look 'em up), our pre-teens (and older) would still be listening to Cliff Richard, Aled Jones or Glenn Miller and dreaming of becoming fighter-pilots, footballers or cookery teachers. Or something. Pop gives us hope, happiness and an excuse to troll the net moaning about it, right?
Following up the tradition of boy-bands is London's Lawson, relative newcomers to the world of #OMG, #cute, #buff and whatever hashtags float a social network these days and with the tunes to back up that hysteria. After signing a record deal in 2011 (OK, a download deal), Lawson have wasted no time in taking over the world. They've yet to hit the heights of those aforementioned hit-makers above but, they are getting there. Quickly. They've had three straight Top 10 hits and their debut-album, "Chapman Square" (named after the London street where those hits were scribbled down and practised), has recently hoisted itself to #4.
Not surprisingly, their name is starting to appear on big line-ups for 'yoof' shows in the near-future - Capital FM's annual Jingle Bell Ball yellfest at the O2 Arena on 8th December features the quartet alongside other like-minded male outfits such as One Direction and, you've guessed it, JLS, as well as Glasgow's Clyde 1 Live 2012 a few days later (with JLS again, McFly and Leona Lewis). The lads have also been selected to support Olly Murs at this year's Mencap: Little Noise Sessions later this month [tickets selling fast! - Ed].
And if you like a little rugby with your music, then why not catch the band as they entertain the crowd at the Big Game 5 where the Harlequins take on London Irish in their annual clash on 29th December? Tickets start from just £10, rising to £45.
But you want headliners, eh? In February and March 2013, you'll have them, all to yourself. The band will be out promoting "Chapman Square" during the early spring, starting in Manchester on 22nd Feb, followed by Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds and loads more, including a London date on 1st March, until Belfast and Dublin to round it all off.
We'll have tickets on sale from 9am on Friday 9th November, with prices at a keen £15 (or £17.50 for London). We suspect Lawson will sell these as quickly as their album...