From the pubs of Ripley - to Nottingham’s biggest arena - a town musician is preparing for a 10,000 strong crowd supporting Jake Bugg.
Rory Black, of South Place,and his band have landed the biggest gig of their career on February 20 - opening the Nottingham Capital FM Arena for the Lightning Bolt singer.
But TM Websters fabricator by day Rory, bassist in the Swiines, said he hopes to hold his nerves.
“We are used to playing a lot anyway,” he said. “You can only see the first 20 rows anyway, so we are just going to enjoy it.”
The Swiines, whose Clifton based frontman Scott Bugg is chart-topping Jake’s cousin, landed the gig after they went to watch Jake at a show at the O2 Academy in Birmingham.
Rory said the band went to meet him backstage after the gig.
“We talked about supporting him at some point,” Rory said. “And we said how about that one in Nottingham? Then he said ‘yeah alright’.
“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”
The last time the bandplayed with Jake Bugg, the now superstar was supporting them at a small bar in Nottingham. “It’s crazy really,” Rory said: “he’s gone form that to playing the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury!”
The Swiines, Nottingham based apart from Rory, will be the only band from the city to ever play the ice arena there twice - having already taken to its stage for a battle of the bands contest last year.
The four piece have since landed supporting slots for Sheffield’s Reverend and the Makers on their UK tour and are preparing to release their new single Love is Blind.