Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Future Plays Today

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Future Plays Today

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Byline: By Sam Wonfor

As if the 3 Bandstand line-up wasn't impressive enough, event sponsor 3 has organised an exclusive gathering in The Sage Gateshead's Hall Two for 300 lucky text competition winners. Sam Wonfor talks to Ross Millard of the gig's headliners, The Futureheads.

When mobile network 3 came on board as sponsors for the 3 Bandstand event, they brought a lot more than the event's organisers could have hoped for ( booking one of the North-East's biggest bands of the moment to play an intimate gig next door to the evening's main proceedings.

Sunderland buzz-creators The Futureheads, who are riding on the success of their second (and long-awaited) album, News and Tributes, have been signed up to headline a free concert in Hall Two of The Sage Gateshead which will take place simultaneously to the 3 Bandstand main event in Hall One.

Tickets to the gig are available via a text competition. A lucky 150 fans who have thrown their dancing shoes into the ring by texting the name of the event to 86633 will be selected at random to receive a pair of tickets each.

As well as giving Futureheads fans the chance to catch the band on their home region turf ( and raising much-needed money for Teenage Cancer Trust of course ( singer and guitarist Ross Millard says the gig is also providing the band with the opportunity they have been waiting for to get involved with the charity.

"We got asked to do something for the gigs at the Albert Hall this year, but we couldn't do it, so it's nice that we could do this," he says during an amble around Newcastle.

"We were really pleased that we were considered for it and were happy to say yes.

"We've been keen to get involved with TCT for a while now and we think it's great that they've taken an event like this out of London ( and it's perfect for us that it's in our home region too ( it gives an added bonus to be playing to a home crowd."

We're talking a day ahead of the band's whistlestop tour of Japan (which will be over and done with by now), with Ross wandering round the city centre, presumably for a few last minute travel items. …

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