The Scene: Hometown show kicks off busy year

The Harrington Blues
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One of Stamford’s most promising bands will warm up for a busy summer of gigs and festivals with a homecoming show.

The Harrington Blues will add local flavour to a bill topped by Manchester indie-pop quartet The Lottery Winners in the Voodoo Lounge at Mama Liz’s in North Street, Stamford, from 8.15pm tomorrow (Saturday).

The band, who formed in 2011, are preparing for a big year. They have just signed to Manchester-based Longevity Records and will support Ocean Colour Scene at the Rat Race Dirty Weekend event at Burghley House on May 11.

Bassist Richard Sorbi said: “We started off around Stamford and have been building a bigger and bigger fanbase.

“We have been playing a lot in Manchester or London. We used to gig here quite often but that has been cut back recently because we are all over the place.

“Things have progressed nicely. It’s all going in the right direction.

“But now and then we try to come back to Stamford.”

While the band clearly take a lot of influences from 1990s Brit-pop, their style is hard to pin down.

Richard added: “We are influenced quite a lot by The Rifles and The Jam. But we have got a range of tastes through the band.

“Anything that passes through our ears can end up in our music.

“We are similar to The Rifles but there is a bit of The Libertines there.

“But at the other end we have got some quite melodic songs like the Beach Boys.”

Tomorrow’s gig will be headlined by The Lottery Winners, who are also signed to Longevity Records, rounded off by The Protoneers and Columbia.

The Harrington Blues will be back at the venue on June 8 for the launch of their new single.

The band are also giving away free tickets to their Rat Race gig on May 11.

To enter, fans need to watch the video posted at www.facebook.com/theharringtonblues and follow the instructions.

Doors for tomorrow’s gig open at 8.15pm. Tickets are £5 on the door and can also be bought in advance at the venue.

The Scene is open to any band, artist or performer wanting to promote a show. To be in it contact reporter Alex Moore on 01780 750441, e-mail alex.moore@jpress.co.uk or tweet @Mercury_Alex.