A MUSIC fan experienced the garden party of his life after he landed a backyard bash by one of his favourite bands.
When indie reggae group Will and the People announced they were going on a quirky tour of fans’ homes and gardens, Paul Brookes (43) took a chance and dropped them a message.
And he was stunned to hear back from frontman Will Rendle himself around a week later, saying they would love to drop by.
“It all happened really quickly, and before we knew it, Will and The People were stood in our garden performing.
“It was a truly amazing and surreal experience.
“The guys were so friendly and interacted with everyone who was there.
“I think they played for around two hours in the end and even invited my 12-year-old son Joseph, who plays the drums, to join them on snare drum for one song.
“All our family and friends who were there were absolutely loving it.
“The guys deserve all the success in the world and I would encourage any music lovers out there to give them a follow.”
Paul, of Union Street, Harthill, began following Will and the People on social media after seeing them supporting South Yorkshire’s own Reverend & the Makers in Manchester two years ago.
“I thought they were fantastic, and they seemed like a great set of lads,” he said.
The Brighton-based band, whose chart success is so far confined to the Netherlands, are building a fresh buzz around their new single, Gigantic.
Paul said: “They have just signed a deal with Sony Music. I like bands that are just coming through and the approach they have taken with playing small gigs in fans’ gardens could be a smart one.
“They are not distanced from their fans and you can see they like to get in amongst it and it’s all real.
“They played all their own material and Will was talking about how he had just recently written one song on the tour bus, which really brought it to life.
“Most of the people who were there on Saturday had never heard of them before but they now love the music and are following them on social media.
“We talked to them about coming back to do a bigger gig in Harthill soon and they seemed up for it, so watch this space.”