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Tour slot could be big break for Boy Jumps Ship

BIG CHANCE ... Boy Jumps Ship have been confirmed to headline Generators third Mapped Out tour.

BIG CHANCE ... Boy Jumps Ship have been confirmed to headline Generators third Mapped Out tour.

IT’S looking like plain sailing for an up-and-coming South Tyneside rock band.

Boy Jumps Ship will be docking at venues around the country this year as they chart a course for success.

The lads – Si Todd, Gav Gates, Jonny Rob and Jonathan Douglas – have been named as headline act for music development agency Generator’s third Mapped Out tour.

The string of 11 gigs will see the four-piece band play gigs in towns and cities including Liverpool, Exeter, Birmingham and Stockton.

Their nearest performance to home will be at the Cluny in Newcastle on Wednesday, February 25, with support from Rivals and Woods and Wire.

Singer and guitarist Si said: “It’s tremendous for us. It’s been in the pipeline since before Christmas, so it’s great to finally get it out there.

“We’ll be playing loads of places we’ve never played before, so we’re really looking forward to it.

“This is the third Mapped Out tour, and some of the bands who’ve done it before have gone on to do really good things, so we’re really happy to be a part of it.

“We can’t wait for the gig in Newcastle either. It’s our home town show really, so it’s always going to be special.”

The 25-year-old, of Boldon, added: “We’re working on a few things at the minute.

“We’ve got a video on the go and a new EP which we’re going to release in the spring. We haven’t decided on a name yet, though.

“We’re really proud of this EP. We’ve been working on it since November, so we can’t wait to release it.” The band, recently highlighted as one of the best emerging acts from the region by music magazine Kerrang!, are also set to go on tour with fellow rockers Arcane Roots.

Si said: “They’ve supported both Muse and Biffy Clyro, and they hand-picked us to support them on their UK tour this year.

“They came along to see us play, and they pretty much asked us there and then.

“We’re really grateful, and it’s a huge opportunity for us.

“They’re quite an alternative band with lots of different influences, and it opens us up to a whole new audience.

“Gigging is your bread and butter when you’re in a band, and it’s what we enjoy the most.

“We’re just four daft lads who love playing live, and it’s amazing that we get to do that with our best mates.

“We’re only three weeks into January, and already it’s looking like an amazing year for us.

“I don’t want to say too much and jinx it, but it could be an exciting year.”

Tickets for the gig at the Cluny, in Lime Street, cost £5, and doors open at 8pm. To book, go to www.thecluny.com

To find out more about the band and other dates, go to www.facebook.com/boyjumpsshipmusic or follow them on Twitter @BoyJumpsShip

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