A singer who was a teenage Boyzone fan, said she will never forget the moment she won the chance to support her idols in Northampton this weekend.
Tracey Matthews’ band triumphed at a Battle of the Bands competition held at the Walk in the Park festival in Wootton.
The prize was the chance to support Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham when they headline the Sunday concert of Alive @ Delapre at Delapre Park.
Tracey, who lives opposite the park in Queen Eleanor Road, Far Cotton, said: “I’ll never forget the moment they said we’d won, I was completely beside myself.
“I’m 30 now and Boyzone were my boyband when I was a teenager.
“I never dreamed I’d be singing on the same stage. Hopefully this will get that 14 year-old girl out of my system!”
The Tracey Matthews Band – made up of Tracey on vocals, Derek Harvey on guitar, Andy Gardener on bass and Dave Lee on drums – plays modern pop covers and impressed the Walk in the Park judges with a mash-up of Eye of the Tiger and Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, which had the crowd on their feet and dancing.
They will be seen by about 6,000 people, along with several other big-name bands.
Scottish rock band Simple Minds will start the entertainment on Friday night.
Then it’s back to the 1980s on Saturday when Bananarama, Rick Astley, The Real Thing, Paul Young, Boney M and T’pau all appear.
Irish boyband Boyzone will then headline the event on the Sunday night.
Last year was the first Alive @ Delapre festival, organised by Northampton Borough Council.
The 2013 event attracted 14,000 people to three nights of music from Paul Weller, pop sensations The Wanted and Lawson, and then James Morrison.
The 2014 concerts will attract up to 6,000 visitors each night and organisers warn there will be some traffic disruption in the area.
Road closures will be in place from 2pm each day.
There is no car parking at Delapre Park so visitors are advised to park in the town centre and walk to the venue.
Interview with Bananarama, see page 170