Belfast Telegraph

Local rockers couldn’t have Scripted it any better

By Maureen Coleman

Local rock band Microlip have won the chance to open for chart-topping act The Script at an intimate gig in Belfast next week.

The four-piece from Portadown won a public vote to support The Script when they play the Spring and Airbrake on May 11 as part of Freedom Live.

Five acts were selected to be in with a chance of opening the show. More than 5,000 music fans voted on-line for their favourite and Microlip came out on top as clear winners.

Microlip’s Jaime McDonald said: “We are absolutely thrilled, over the moon. We definitely put the hard work in, going around schools and playing acoustic sets in a bid to drum up support, but we’re still pretty surprised that we won.

“Normally we play local venues around Armagh, Portadown and Lurgan and we’ve played one or two in Belfast, but never the Spring and Airbrake.”

The Script’s Mark Sheehan revealed to the Belfast Telegraph they are thinking ahead to the second album. Their first album — ‘The Script’ — went to number one in the UK and Irish charts.

Mark said: “Being over here in the States just now, we have a bit more time in between gigs and driving right across America to write some stuff. So, of course, we’re thinking about the second album a lot and constantly trying to come up with new ideas. But no matter what happens we won’t be rushing it and putting out anything that isn’t good and ready.”

The Script’s Belfast gig is the first in a series of Freedom Live shows bringing established acts to play exclusive gigs for competition winners and Freedom account holders. The events are being organised by Northern Bank and Cool FM and supported by the Belfast Telegraph.

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