Starsailor at The Welly.
The band burst onto the scene in 2001 when their single Fever earned them the title of “Britain’s best new band”. The band was formed at Wigan and Leigh Music College by music students James Walsh , James Stelfox and Ben Byrne, later saw the arrival of keyboardist Barry Westhead, who cemented their sound.
In April 2000, after seeing their first London show (at the Heavenly Social) the NME wrote: “One live encounter was enough to convince many sceptics that here was a band who were genuinely special, blessed with a singer whose voice thrummed like an emotional telegraph wire, that swerved the pitfalls of indie melancholia and were clearly in love with rock ‘n’ roll and all its possibilities.”
During a brief respite from the national lockdown in 2021, the band camped out in a studio near Bath and reimagined some classic tracks from ‘Love Is Here’. The 20th Anniversary Edition released on 28 January 2022, having been trailed by a triumphant UK Tour in December 2021, during which the album was played in full each night.
The Welly is Hull’s legendary alternative night club and live music venue – existing for over 100 years! Hosting [w]eekly club nights playing the very best in: Indie, Pop-Punk, Alternative, Electro, 90s, Rock, and Drum’n’Bass. The Welly consists of three separate capacity rooms W:1 , W:2, LOUNGE, and our hidden ‘Pub in a Club’ Mrs. Wilson’s – named in honour of the woman herself, who ran the club in the early 1960s.