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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Carlisle band The Lucid Dream one of most played on BBC Radio 6

Carlisle band The Lucid Dream have become one of the most played acts on BBC Radio 6 Music over the past week.

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Lucid Dream, Mark Emmerson, Luke Anderson, Mike Denton and Wayne Jefferson

Their new single, Moonstruck, isn’t even released until Monday, February 24 but has had multiple plays from top presenters Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and Marc Riley, who has invited the foursome into the studio for a prestigious live session on Wednesday, February 26.

Radio 2 DJ Huey Morgan also backed the psychedelic rockers, saying “they’re from Carlisle but sound like they’re from L.A.”

Five hundred pre-order singles were pressed on vinyl, which sold out almost immediately.

This all bodes well for the future on the back of a successful 2013 which saw the band headline a European tour, play the Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia and perform to 5,000 people at Jodrell Bank Live.

The band are Mark Emmerson (vocals, guitar), Wayne Jefferson (guitar, vocals), Mike Denton (bass, backing vocals) and Luke Anderson (drums, percussion).

Mark said: “We are delighted with the radio support so far, as we are huge 6 Music fans, and are particularly looking forward to our session with Marc Riley.

“We are also incredibly happy with the BBC Radio 2 play via Huey Morgan (who played the B-side, The Emptiest Place), as he said we were influenced by the Sixties band Love, who are our idols. That was a very proud moment.”

The Lucid Dream were formed in Carlisle in 2008. On the back of their Erbistock Mill EP and three sold-out single releases the band gained acclaim from the likes of NME, Q, Radio 2 and 6 Music.

They supported Death In Vegas, one of the main modern day influences upon the band, during Carlisle Music City at The Brickyard in 2012.

And they have since established themselves as a live force across Europe, covering no less than 14 countries within the past 12 months.

Debut album Songs Of Lies and Deceit was released last August to widespread acclaim and the band are working on the follow-up long-player.

They head out on tour again at the end of the month and play a hometown gig at The Brickyard on March 15.

Mark Howlette, managing director of the Carlisle venue, has watched the band grow over the years and is delighted to see them gaining recognition on a national level.

“It’s great to see, and they’ve done it all themselves really. We want bands to do well and to help if we can,” he said.

“We gave them the Death In Vegas support slot because they were the right band for it.

“I hope it’s the start of something bigger for them.”

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