Lightyears make INDY Awards short-list

8 April 2008

Thanks to your support in the recent public vote, The Lightyears have been selected as one of four finalists in the BEST POP ACT category at the 2008 INDY Awards.

Winners will be announced at the gala ceremony at The Forum in Kentish Town on Friday 25 April. The band will be in attendance and it’d be great to get as many LYs fans along as possible for moral support! Tickets cost £10 and are available from the INDY Awards website (includes award presentation, performances from short-listed acts and after-show party).

For a full list of finalists in all 24 categories, visit www.IndyAwards.co.uk.

Lightyears to release charity record

8 April 2008

Peterborough United players recording 'Posh We Are'At the end of April The Lightyears are releasing a charity record in collaboration with Peterborough United (A.K.A. “The Posh”). The single is a re-working of the team’s anthem Posh We Are and all profits will go to the Free Kicks Foundation, which organises days out in sport for sick and disadvantaged children.

The new version of Posh We Are, written by Peterborough fans Brian Paine and Tony Pickering in 1973, has been arranged and performed by The Lightyears and also features hundreds of voices from the local community – including Peterborough United players, Posh fans, The Voyager School choir and the Voyager U14 football team. The Posh are currently top of League 2 and if the team win this Saturday then promotion is guaranteed. Local press have shown huge interest in the project and this has created a city-wide buzz.

The Lightyears and 250 students from The Voyager School will be performing the song in front of a sell-out crowd of 15,000 people at London Road Stadium on the last day of the season (Saturday 3 May).

This release represents the pilot project for a brand-new initiative called Sparks. Sparks is a collaboration between professional musicians, education and local communities that is responding directly to recent changes in both the music industry and the education system. The project has been making waves in government, education and media circles for several months now and an article in The Guardian, covering The Lightyears’ work with Sparks, is due for publication within the coming fortnight. Details to follow.

Find out more at www.TheSparksProject.com. 

Posh We Are will be available for download from numerous major digital outlets from Monday 28 April. Watch this space for updates.