Young band from Diss area set to support Lulu

An up-and-coming teen band is preparing for their biggest gig after being picked to support one the nation's most enduringly popular singers.

Twisted Piglet, formed by four friends three years ago, has been signed as a warm-up act for Lulu at two summer concerts.

The four-piece band, who live on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, will support Lulu at Abbeyfest in Bury St Edmunds on July 22 and the Skegness Embassy Theatre two days later.

The electric rock band, who played at the Diss Carnival fun day a few weeks ago, is made up of 16-year-old Brodie Payne and his brother Stacey, 17, from Winfarthing, near Diss, Pete Blaxill, 16, from Eye, and Elliot Ball, 16, from Fressingfield.

Pete, Elliot and Brodie have just completed their GCSEs and are set to start courses at City College Norwich and the West Suffolk College, Bury, in the autumn.

The brothers and drummer Pete first started playing together after joining the Amplitude music club in Eye and bass guitar player Elliot joined following an audition.

Keyboard player Stacey, who is looking for work after ending his studies at West Suffolk College, said: 'We were quite shocked and delighted when we were told we were supporting Lulu. It is amazing to be supporting an international icon.'

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The band, managed by Brodie and Stacey's mum, won the BurySound title in 2010 and was voted audience favourite at the DISScovery bands competition at the Diss Corn Hall earlier this month.

'It is our dream to get a record deal, but we are not holding our heads too high just in case nothing happens,' said Stacey.

'It has all happened relatively quickly. For a couple of years we were doing gigs at Amplitude and suddenly we have had a burst of gigs and we have been going on them there.'

The group will also be performing in Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich for the Lord Mayor's celebrations on July 9 and at Heveningham Hall Country Fair on July 10.

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