A TEENAGE Blackburn band will be launching the first single on a new label at a special showcase on Friday.

Free From the Wilde will headline two sold-out showcases at Blackburn’s Electric Church - the second will be on September 17 - organised by McNally Music Tuition.

The showcase and single launch has been postponed several times due to various lockdown restrictions but the band will finally get the chance to unveil Fire In My Bones, the first release on the new MMT label.

“The various postponements have sort of worked in our favour,” said guitarist Ed Hunt, “as we’ve had more time to rehearse and get our set ready. Now we can’t wait.”

The band also features singer Evie Ivanson, Anthony Lord-Riddock on guitar, Scott Lang on piano, Faith Cave on bass a drummer Ria Clarke.

“We have been playing together for about two-and-a-half years,” said Evie. “We came together through MMT’s Saturday sessions and then started writing songs together.”

The band, which started life as Nebula, took their new name from singer Kim Wilde - their cover of her single Kids in America has proved a highlight of their live shows.

“Because we all like different types of music, I think it makes it quite difficult to pigeonhole us,” said Scott.

“To get the chance to record a single has been fantastic,” said Ed. “When you’re in a band you want to play live and record and we’re getting the chance to do both. I think we’re all pretty ambitious for our music but we’ll just have to see where it all leads.”

Due to demand for tickets MMT has had to organise a second showcase. As well as Free From the Wilde, the nights will feature live sets from the first band made up of adult students, Red Right Hands, and student band Voodoo. Missguided will be the special guests at the first showcase.

Phil McNally from MMT said: “This is what we have been looking to do from the moment we started out, to give new musicans the chance to rehearse, write, play live and record.

“It’s a fantastic line-up and I think the quality of the bands will surprise people. They have all worked so hard for this.

“We’re already looking at future recording sessions.”