Leeds Arena News: Tony Watson talks about getting Wakefield band Skinny Living into the charts...

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All of the team had been squarely focussed on Sunday night’s gig - First Direct presents Jake Bugg saw so many exciting things happening, it’s hard to list them.

The gig itself celebrated 25 years of our sponsor First Direct bank with lots of their lovely customers and staff in the house.

The night saw the relaunch of First Direct bar, as the FD bar.

The design of the bar was created by Kyle Minnock, who was chosen from a panel of hundreds. With a stunning new mural of Leeds, great new seating areas and many other quirky features, the new FD bar is going to be a concert goers favourite.

Sunday also saw one of our Sound of the Month Bands, Skinny Living, being offered the support slot to a sold out audience of over 11,000 people (their previous record was under 2,000)

This is a band which is used to playing gigs to around 100 people, so this was a big step up for them and they did really well, they really got the crowd going.

For an unsigned band to play a sold out arena is a fairly unique occurrence, but they didn’t just do well, they were amazing and won over so many fans.

They also launched their brand new single ‘Mother Earth’ at the gig and we are supporting them this week in their campaign to break into the top 40.

I really think they could go far. They are a band based in Leeds and they are all nice people. They are certainly a band to watch and we are more than happy to be supporting them.

Why not be part of history and help them realise their dream by jumping onto iTunes and downloading Mother Earth by Skinny Living.

At the moment they are unsigned and they manage themselves - they already have between 30,000 and 40,000 followers on YouTube and we are backing them all the way. Do your bit and help get an unsigned Leeds band into the national charts.

Next week sees some exciting announcements so I look forward to writing again soon with more news from Leeds First Direct Arena.

To help the band ‘break the rules’ and ‘make history’, head over to their facebook page and then hit the link to iTunes.

The band said: “This is it, we have just four days to break the rules and get our song ‘Mother Earth’ played on Radio 1’s UK Top 40 chart show. We need the help of our fans, with your downloads we can do it. Playing the arena was like nothing we’ve done before but we got a massive reaction from the crowd.”

The band have also been booked to play the Isle of White Festival in June 2015 and on November 1 will play Unity Works, Wakefield.

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