A video of nonverbal boy goes viral after he is filmed rocking out at Leeds Festival

Three-year-old Jamie Johnson at Leeds Festival
Three-year-old Jamie Johnson at Leeds Festival

A video of a young boy has gone viral after his father filmed him rocking out to his favourite band at this year’s Leeds Festival.

Pete Johnson from Barnsley posted the video of his three-year-old nonverbal son, Jamie, on Facebook on Thursday morning showing the adorable little boy clapping and dancing to his favourite band.

Jamie Johnson sits next to his mum at Leeds Festival as he watches his favourite band

Jamie Johnson sits next to his mum at Leeds Festival as he watches his favourite band

The father posted the video on the Leeds Festival 2017 Facebook group saying: “Jamie is nonverbal so he can’t talk but he loves music as you can see in the video.

This video is more than just another badly filmed gig video, it’s a video that shows the power that music has to bring us all together.”

The video has since been picked up by several other publications, including The Lad Bible, and has garnered more than one million views.

The 35-year-old father said he is stunned by how quickly the video has circulated the internet and is grateful for the love and support he has received.

Pete and Vicci Johnson met a the 2003 Leeds Festival

Pete and Vicci Johnson met a the 2003 Leeds Festival

“It’s amazing really. It’s bringing awareness to people who are nonverbal and it’s created a discussion about it. It’s nice to see people talking about it,” he said.

Jamie was born in 2013 but Pete and his wife Vicci, 31, realised their son was nonverbal about a year and a half ago but he has not received a formal diagnosis. Jamie’s condition is being determined by DNA testing and may be a cause of a rare genetic disease.

Mr Johnson said his son communicates using sign language but loves to listen to music.

The father said The Courteeners is Jamie’s favourite band along with The Red Hot Chili Peppers that they also saw perform that night.

The annual festival is a special event for the family, as Mr Johnson met his wife Vicci at Leeds Festival in 2003 when the two had camped next to each other and watched Linkin Park perform. Since then, the two have been inseparable he said.

This was the first time they had attended Leeds Festival together as a family. The couple have an older son, Jake, who is ten years old and was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.

Since the video has gone viral, the father-of-two said his phone “has not stopped buzzing with all the notifications and phone calls.”

Mr Johnson said a member of The Courteeners has contacted him to have a chance to meet Jamie.

He added: “My family and I would like to thank the Disabled Access Team at Leeds Festival. Everybody from the management, the volunteers, the people doing sign language on the disability platform and everyone on the disabled campsite. Jamie wouldn’t have been able to enjoy himself if it wasn’t for all your hard work.”

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