Band Lower Than Atlantis lead Radio 1 Academy masterclass and share their tips for success

Mike duce of Lower Than Atlantis teaching during the guitar workshop at BBC Radio 1's Academy - Paul

Mike duce of Lower Than Atlantis teaching during the guitar workshop at BBC Radio 1's Academy - Paul Bayfield

Music fans across the nation tuned in to Norwich for a live-music session with rock band Lower than Atlantis.

Ben Sansom, Dec Hart, Eddy Thrower & Mike Duce of Lower Than Atlantis during the guitar workshop at

Ben Sansom, Dec Hart, Eddy Thrower & Mike Duce of Lower Than Atlantis during the guitar workshop at BBC Radio 1's Academy - Paul Bayfield - Credit: Archant

The Watford-based group played two songs at Open, broadcast to thousands through radios and online on BBC Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton's mid-morning show as part of the week-long Radio 1 Academy.

The band, who are also playing at the Big Weekend on May 24, later led a guitar masterclass with aspiring musicians where they shared their skills and answered questions during yesterday's event.

Lead singer Mike Duce offered his advice to youngsters who want to break into the music industry.

'Learn your trade,' he said. 'Be as good as you possibly can, either as a songwriter or on your instrument.'

Thomas Little and Kieran Raza attending Radio 1's Academy - Paul Bayfield

Thomas Little and Kieran Raza attending Radio 1's Academy - Paul Bayfield


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The four-piece group were impressed by the city's thriving music scene, highlighting their recent end-of-tour show at Epic Studios in Norwich.

'The Norwich crowd is great,' said the singer. 'It has been good to inspire some of the younger generation.'

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In their early days the band played at the Marquee pub in Cattle Market Street, but will now be entertaining thousands on the In New Music We Trust stage at the Big Weekend.

The lead singer said: 'Radio 1 has supported us for quite a while, even when we were first emerging.'

Looking forward to the free festival he said the band were hoping to have a great time and play music with like-minded people.

While keen musicians learned tips during the band's guitar workshop, in the main hall at Open, former Hewett School pupil Jake Humphrey led a question and answer session on journalism.

From gaining E, N and U grades in his A-levels, he is now a BT Sport presenter, but told the youngsters that being famous should never be a goal.

He said: 'If the fame comes, it doesn't last. Fame should never be the motivation.' The star, who lives in Keswick, added: 'Be the best at what it is you want to be. You have to believe it is going to happen.'

The week-long series of workshops, live performances and question and answer sessions continues until Friday.

For more information visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p017f6dt

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