AN indie band will launch its debut album in style at a popular venue they have fond memories of from watching other artists in action.

Leigh-based Lottery Winners will be releasing their self-titled collection of tracks in March.

The four piece band, who have been influenced by 90s bands such as Blur and Oasis, will then be performing at the O2 Ritz Manchester on Saturday, April,11 to show off their fresh material.

Lead singer Thom Rylance, 30, said: “Playing at the Ritz will be the biggest ever headline gig we have ever done.

“It will be like a dream for us because we have grown up watching bands there.

“We will be celebrating the album and the venue is three times bigger than anywhere we have headlined.”

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The release is two years in the making for the band, who first played at the former Collier’s Rest pub around 10 years ago.

Thom met guitarist Rob Lally at Bedford High School and they teamed up with bass player Katie Lloyd and drummer Joe Singleton after meeting in the former Firs Lane pub.

They secured a record deal three years ago after impressing legendary music executive Seymour Stein, who was famous for signing up Madonna and the Ramones.

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The band with producer Seymour Smith

Their attention to detail led to them scrutinising “every second” of the album before being satisfied with what they had captured.

“It feels like a huge weight has been lifted that we have finally recorded it,” Thom said.

“I think people have been waiting for it.

“We are excited but nervous at the same time because it will put us in a position of vulnerability.

“We’re hoping the album will get in the top 20 which would change our lives.”

It has been a successful year for Lottery Winners, who performed at Glastonbury for the first time.

They are halfway through a tour of the UK and have been blown away by the size of the audiences that have been turning up to support them.

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Thom said: “It has started to feel like we are actually a real band now and not a silly little band that we thought we were. We have sold out gigs in Bristol, Bournemouth, Leeds and Manchester.”

The band’s album is available to purchase on pre-order. To buy a copy visit