Sheftival: Lawson taking over pop chart - LISTEN TO CHAT

Lawson: New British guitar pop band with Ryan, pictured second left.
Lawson: New British guitar pop band with Ryan, pictured second left.
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POP pin-ups Lawson have a special date in their diary next week when they release new single Taking Over Me and play Sheftival – all on the same day.

And it’s going to be extra special for bass player Ryan Fletcher.

That’s because he’ll be playing for fans plus family and friends, on home turf.

Ryan, aged 22, from Chesterfield, says the past 18 months has been a dream come true after supporting the likes of The Wanted, Jessie J and The Saturdays, while performing at venues he dreamed about playing as a boy, including Sheffield City Hall and the Arena.

He attended music college with lead guitarist Joel Peat, 22, from Mansfield, who has been doing gigs with him since he was 14. They formed Lawson four-years ago with other band members, lead singer Andy Brown, 25, and drummer Adam Pitts, 21.

They have the boyband looks but they write and play all their own instruments, blazing a trail for the return of great British guitar pop.

Ryan said: “We are more a rock band, like The Script. Not that we’ve anything against boy bands. The Wanted and Take That are awesome – we’ve been writing with Gary Barlow. And we’ve met Louis Tomlinson and One Direction a few times. They are all really nice lads. But we don’t see them as competition. We’re a different vibe.” Fans will get to judge for themselves when Lawson release new single Taking Over Me and then play the Real Radio stage at Sheftival on Sunday, August 5, at 3.30pm.

Debut single When She Was Mine got to number four. They are hoping to go even better with Taking Over Me.

“It’s an up beat summer anthem, about falling in love,” said Ryan.

“I can’t wait for Sheftival, playing to family, friends and fans. It’s going to be fantastic.”

* Lawson will sign copies of their new single at HMV Sheffield on Monday, August 6, at 5pm.

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AUDIO: Listen to digital editor Graham Walker’s full chat with Ryan Fletcher from Lawson - CLICK HERE.