A teenage group of indie rockers from Berkhamsted were invited to support Al Murray’s The Pub Landlord gig at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Despite the band, Mandy Melon, only being put together earlier this year, Al Murray invited them to perform at all 10 shows with a 20 to 25-minute set with a crowd of 500 to 600 people.
Mandy Melon bassist, 17-year-old Django Jakszyk, said the opportunity came about through his dad Jakko Jakszyk, lead singer for King Crimson.
Jakko said: “Al is a pal of mine, we’ve been friends for a while as he’s a fan of the band I’m in and I once showed him a photo of my son’s band and he thought they looked cool and wanted to hear the type of music they played.
“He loved them and offered them this great opportunity. I was able to go to the shows and watch them and they were great, I felt very proud.
“They did so well, you could see they did their homework and rehearsed, so much so they were rebooked for next year.”
Django said: “The whole experience was brilliant, we loved getting to watch Al Murray perform every night, he’s such a good crowd worker and each show is different.
“Nearer the end of the shows the crowds reaction to us was great and it was really nice for us to see.”
“We couldn’t believe we were rebooked for next year. It’s amazing, we’re definitely going to start writing some original stuff and we’re excited for the future.”
Speaking to BerkoNews, Al Murray said: “Mandy Melon may sound as though they might be soft and fruity but they’re quite the opposite.
“With fire in their belly and rock ’n’ roll in their sights, this quartet of youngsters can’t half play.”
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