A band which is tipped to be number one in the charts this weekend packed into a Sheffield record store to play a gig and meet fans.
Hundreds of fans headed to the HMV store, city centre, today to catch a glimpse of band-of-the-moment Blossoms, who have sky-rocketed to stardom since forming in 2013.
The indie-pop five-piece, who hail from Stockport, released their self-titled debut album on Friday to critical acclaim from the press and fans alike.
Music pundits are now predicting Blossoms will top the UK album chart this weekend.
Ahead of the potentially historic moment, we caught up with singer and songwriter Tom Ogden, drummer Joe Donovan, guitarist Josh Dewhurst, bassist Charlie Salt and keyboard player Myles Kellock.
Singer Tom said: “We didn’t expect all this attention – we were just happy to release a record that we were proud of. It will be nice if we get to number one, though.”
The lads will be playing festival in Newquay on Friday when they’ll find out. Drummer Joe Donovan said: “I’m trying not to think about it yet.”
The band, who have already played shows in America, Japan, and Europe, all grew up in Stockport and attended the same school.
Tom said: “We played in other bands before Blossoms, which taught us a bit about the industry. But the other bands just didn’t work out.
“Right from Blossoms first rehearsal, we just clicked. Then on our first gigs, people connected. It’s been good ever since.”
Blossoms aren’t in it for the money or the fame, though. While they admit that the trappings of stardom might be nice, it certainly isn’t the reason they keep playing together.
Tom said: “It’s great being on the road, playing music with your mates and having a laugh – that’s the most important thing.”
Ahead of the gig, we spoke to some of Blossoms’ fans.
Care worker Jamie Lee, aged 27, of Hillsborough, said: “I first saw them as The Stone Roses support and loved it straight away.
“They make amazing music and I am sure they will hit the number one spot – they deserve it.”
Super-fan Kim Faulker, 19, travelled all the way from Mablethorpe to get to see the band.
She said: “I first saw Blossoms at a gig in Hull last year. I managed to get the set list from that gig too, so I’ll be getting that signed as well as the album.
“They’re a proper band, they seem like proper lads and they make really great music. I think they’re the best band at the moment and they’ll definitely make number one.”
Scott Taylor, 17, who travelled with Kim, said: “I only got into the band about three weeks ago. I think they’re doing something a bit different, which is cool.”
Students Beth Viggars and Chloe Akers, both 17, travelled from Dinnington to see Blossoms.
Beth said: “I just love the music. It’s funky and the band are really cool.
Chloe added: “I’m confident they’ll get number one this weekend.”
The band will play on the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Leeds Festival on Sunday, August 28.