School goes pop as up-and-coming band pay a visit

SCHOOL STARS The Luminites ' left to right are JJ, Corey, Steph and R-Tizt with pupils. Picture: Malcolm Wells (1384-4012)
SCHOOL STARS The Luminites ' left to right are JJ, Corey, Steph and R-Tizt with pupils. Picture: Malcolm Wells (1384-4012)

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IT’S not every day that a pop band turns up at school.

But that’s just what happened at Purbrook Park yesterday and the pupils couldn’t contain their excitement.

Luminites, a young four-piece from London, wowed the Year 11 pupils who were allowed to watch the show as a treat for all their hard work.

With a mix of pop, dubstep and beatbox the band had the students dancing on their chairs and cheering with delight.

It came about after music teacher Simon Pykett received a call on Wednesday evening from the up-and-coming band’s manager asking if they would like them a performance

Mr Pykett said: ‘Obviously we jumped at the chance.

‘It’s a great treat for the Year 11 pupils. It’s something they really deserve because they’ve all got their GCSEs coming up and they’ve just had their mocks last term so this was a bit of light relief for them.’

The set began with a bang, with big opening number, Let’s Get Out of Here.

But, as they tried to launch into the latest single Bring It there was a technical failure and the backing track would not work.

That didn’t stop the performance though as guitars were brought out and the band performed acoustically.

They did two fantastic covers, one of Maroon 5’s Payphone and one of Connor Maynard’s Vegas Girl.

Demi Morley, 14, said: ‘It was amazing. I could not stop dancing.

‘I’d never heard of them until Mr Pykett told us they were coming in so I downloaded their music and listened to it all the time until today.

‘It didn’t even matter when it went a bit wrong because they were brilliant acoustically.’

Luckily, the technical difficulties were overcome in time for the group to perform Bring It as their final number – which brought the house down.

Ben Francis, from the group, said: ‘We brought it back after the technical difficulties and we loved it.

‘The crowd was really good and we love going round schools because the pupils have such a passion for music.

‘We could really feel the energy coming from them.’

The band’s next stop on the mini tour was Bourne Community School, in Southbourne.