Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Our Star Sons

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Our Star Sons

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

They're Britain's hottest new boy band ( but here are two of the young Tyneside stars of V as you've never seen them before.

Mark Harle and Kevin McDaid are both members of the pop group, which comes from the same stable as chart-toppers Busted and McFly.

Their debut single, Blood Sweat and Tears, is out on Monday and Mark, Kevin and bandmates Leon Pisani, Antony Brant and Aaron Buckingham are hoping for great things.

The video for the single was filmed in Miami, and the lads have won over legions of fans, having played a sell-out nationwide tour supporting Busted, including one night at the Arena, Newcastle, and six nights at Wembley.

Today their families opened their photo albums to show the lads had star quality even at an early age.

V, in fact, have been together for a year, and share a pad, having been hand-picked by the management team behind Busted.

Mark, from Chapel House, Newcastle, and Kevin, from North Tyneside, are both 20 and knew of each other before auditioning to join V.

"It just felt right to move to London, I'd been trying for ages in Newcastle and for some reason it wasn't working," said Mark, who was once a part of local rock outfit Stouffa, who impressed Tim Healy at a gig at The Bridge, Newcastle, so much, he asked them to play at his Sunday For Sammy shows at the City Hall two years ago.

"The right people weren't seeing us. The record companies are based in London and I missed Newcastle when I first went down, but it's been worth it.

"It's happened for Busted and then McFly, so hopefully now it is our turn. I'm not being biased here, but Newcastle was the best crowd we had on the whole tour. And our families were there too. All these screaming girls, it was a bit weird, but I love it. "

Parents John and Kim are also excited about Mark's new-found success. "He's been doing this in one form or another since about the age of four," said dad John, a Radio Newcastle presenter. "He's always loved music, as our photo album shows."

His sister, Katy, is also enjoying the attention Mark, a former pupil at Milecastle First, Chapel House Middle and Walbottle High Schools, is getting. …

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