Yarmouth born musician Scott Attew chosen by Lionel Richie to be support act at F1 Grand Prix concert

Scott Attew in the centre with band mates Lucas and Thomas McCone either side of him at Abu Dhabi Gr

Scott Attew in the centre with band mates Lucas and Thomas McCone either side of him at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix concert - Credit: Archant

A teenage musician got the surprise of a lifetime when his band was chosen by Lionel Richie to open for him.

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A teenage musician got the surprise of a lifetime when his band was chosen by Lionel Richie to open for him.

Scott Attew's band Vandalye performed in front of 25,000 people as part of the festivities for the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend.

The Great Yarmouth-born musician and his band were invited by Red Bull for an interview, after representatives from the company heard their debut EP From the Beginning.

It was by far the band's biggest crowd to date since they formed in September 2015.

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The 19-year-old said: 'We were contacted by Red Bull after they heard our EP and they said it was a really good example of a local band.

'Originally we were supposed to be supporting Zayn Malik of One Direction but he pulled out.

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'Then in October Red Bull got back in touch with us and said that Lionel Richie was the headline act and out of a choice of three bands to open for him he chose us.

'It was very exciting as Zayn is not in the league of Lionel Richie, and to think a four-time Grammy award winner chose us to support him was surreal.'

Vandalye is a three-piece alternative band consisting of Mr Attew and twin brothers Lucas and Thomas McCone.

Mr Attew was born and raised in Great Yarmouth and attended St Mary's Primary School. He moved to Dubai at the age of 13 and that is where he met his bandmates.

He said: 'Over the last year we started off by doing open mic nights and now paid gigs.

'To perform in front of 25,000 people was crazy and it was such a great opportunity for us.'

You can keep up to date with the band on Facebook.

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