POP rock heart-throbs Lawson will be heading to Burnley’s university campus on Sunday – giving fans the chance to get up close to a band who have sold out arenas around the world.

Joel Peat and the Lawson boys will make history as the first band to play at the campus – and they will be doing their bit for charity along the way.

For profits from the gig will go to help a dying teenager’s appeal to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust of which they are patrons.

Stephen Sutton from Staffordshire has so far raised over £3million for the Trust and Lawson have agreed that proceeds from Sunday’s gig go to his charity fund.

For Joel Peat, the Burnley show will be a change from their usual shows.

“We enjoy doing the more intimate gigs. If the venue is smaller it’s nice,” Joel said, “especially university campus sites because that’s how we started off, doing gigs like that.”

The international stars have had five top 10 hits over the past three years including Juliet – with a video starring model Kelly Brook.

The Burnley date will bring back memories for the boys.

“Of what I can remember of it, I loved being at university,” said Joel, “and the students love having a good time so we like being amongst those crowds,” says guitarist Joel.

Early last year, Lawson played their first headline shows in the US and Canada selling out New York's Bowery Ballroom, The Troubadour in LA and The Mod Club in Canada.

In February this year, they embarked on the Chapman Square tour, playing 18 sold out shows in the UK a Ireland.

The British pop rock band, that consists of frontman Andy Brown, bass guitarist and backing singer, Ryan Fletcher, Adam Pitts on drums and Joel and the gig at the Princess Way venue.

As for Joel, he was destined to be in one of the biggest boy bands of a certain generation and says he always wanted a music career.

“I don’t think I would be anything other than a musician. My mum was a music teacher so she taught and encouraged me to play when I was about eight. I was then around eleven when I started taking it serious and really enjoyed it, I can’t believe how things have turned out but I am loving it,” Joel says.

“We have been quite quiet recently because we have been working on the second album. It’s such a lengthy process and we have to be patient,” says Joel.

“The new album is a lot more mature, when we did Juliet, it was a sign of things to come. I think we have all grown up and you can see that has been the influence for this next album and we have learned a lot. Andy writes a lot of the material and the other members fit around him.”

Lawson will be joined by support act and former UCLAN student Harry Mondryk, whilst live music blasts throughout the town as Burnley Rock and Blues Festival takes place over the bank holiday weekend.

For dedicated Lawson fans camping is available for the night at Belvedere and Calder Vale Sports Club.

Joel says: “It’s going to be a treat for old and new fans, we are hoping that the festival will bring out the best in everyone and that the atmosphere will be one for rockin’.”

For tickets visit www.lawsonofficial.com. Information on camping can be found at www.burnleyrockandblues.co.uk.