Absolute Radio Brings Listeners’ Rockstar Dreams To Life By Forming “The Band Of Mum & Dad”


Absolute Radio made the dreams of six of its listeners come true after bringing them together to form a band, record a song and perform it on the station in front of an audience of over 5 million people.

Entitled ‘The Band of Mum & Dad’, this rock ‘n’ roll project lasted six weeks, with Dave Berry, host of Absolute Radio Breakfast and his team giving moms and dads who played in bands in their younger years the chance to play again.

Listeners looking to relive their dreams and record at an Absolute Radio studio where artists like Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Kings of Leon, Florence and the Machine and The 1975 have all played, submitted videos as part of a process audition that ran through the breakfast show.

Six lucky listeners got their spot in the band: Phil Knight (drummer), Darren Richardson (bass), Paul Jones (rhythm guitar), Wayne Dorman (lead guitar), Freda Marsh (keyboards) and Vanessa Knight (vocals).

They headed to the Absolute Radio building in London to record a cover of Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’, a song chosen by fellow listeners and their version was released today.

Speaking of the project, Dave Berry said: “At Absolute Radio, we are the station where ‘real music matters’ and for many listeners, music is something they could have had fun creating and playing in their younger years – but in due to the constant passage of time and having children, have since had to put it on the back burner. But no more! Thanks to The Band of Mum and Dad, these six talented people can relive their dreams, and what a trip it has been! Culminating in this incredible performance aired today, I couldn’t be more proud of this brilliant group of people. And we hope it shows, it’s never too late to chase your dreams.

Listen on the Absolute Radio app or absoluteradio.co.uk, or watch the band perform here: https://youtu.be/LcgMVQwM_aw

Listen to The Dave Berry Breakfast Show every weekday morning from 6am – absoluteradio.co.uk


For more press information, please contact:
Amelia O’Shea – Head of Communications, Bauer Media Audio UK
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Huldah Immanuel – Communications
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About Absolute Radio:
Absolute Radio is a national radio station where “Real Music Matters,” shrouded in personality shots and mischief from presenters such as Frank Skinner, Jason Manford, and Dave Berry, who are given the freedom to speak their minds. and tell it as it is.

Absolute Radio also has a network of digital decade brands; Absolute Radio 60s, Absolute Radio 70s, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s, Absolute Radio 00s, Absolute Radio 10s, Absolute Classic Rock and Absolute Radio Country.

Listen to Absolute Radio on DAB or 1215AM, online, via the official mobile app digital TV or voice-activated device. For more information log on to www.absoluteradio.co.uk


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