Don't miss Missing Andy

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Christmas is nearly upon us, which of course means another X Factor winner releasing asinine, sterile music into the charts.

Sadly, reality TV is big business, so these programmes show no sign of abating.

Sky 1 even got in on the act this year, trailers for Must Be The Music were greeted with groans about it being another copycat talent contest.

Thankfully for those of us who tuned in, there was a difference – these acts were performing their own compositions, radically revisiting classic tunes and, uniquely at the time, releasing the tunes to the listening public straight as soon as the post-show ad break started.

One of the early favourites were Missing Andy, their cheeky chappy vibe and a sound that harked back to the Britpop era made them instantly popular with viewers.

Essex lads may not have come out top in this contest, but Missing Andy capitalised on their publicity, popping up all over national radio and turning The Way We're Made (Made In England) into one of the summer's anthems.

With its infectious tune and faintly political lyrics, the band seemed like a mix of Billy Bragg and Kaiser Chiefs.

You can see them at the Cellars at Eastney on Wednesday, with support from the south coast's own Guilded Youth – a band renowned for mixing pounding beats and catchy hooks into memorable tunes.

Also playing will be indie/pop singer-songwriter and former Limits frontman Grant Melin.

Missing Andy are at the Cellars at Eastney on Wednesday from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost 8 on the door or 7 in advance from the Cromwell Road box office on (023) 9282 6249 (2pm to 6pm), the box office at South Parade Pier on (023) 9273 2283 or online at stiffpromotions.co.uk and ticketweb.co.uk.

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