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An unsigned Lichfield rock group will go from performing in front of hundreds to playing in front of thousands when they open for global pop sensations JLS. Stubblemelt have been selected to open for the pop group at their farewell concert at Stoke’s Britannia Stadium alongside Derbyshire indie dance outfit The Indieannas. A last minute addition to the bill, Stubblemelt impressed the organisers after sending their music to them on a whim. Their sound made such an impression that they were quickly booked onto the tour.

Front man Kyle Perry said: “We heard that JLS were looking for a local group to support them and quickly got in touch with some of our songs.

“Our music is diverse and complements all sort of genres from pop to punk and rock so we knew that we could adapt our style to suit a typical JLS audience. We were really excited when we got the call confirming we were on the bill.” Currently in the process of recording their first full length album at Electric-Bear Productions Studio in Mansfield, Stubblemelt is no stranger to stadium tours having previously performed at Villa Park. The past few years has seen the group continue to enjoy popularity in the local Midlands music scene and release their debut EP The Search to much acclaim. But a support slot with JLS ranks among the band’s biggest live performances and offers a fantastic stage on which to showcase the lighter sound of their music. Kyle continued: “Our debut EP explored a number of different sounds from pop rock to a heavier, less mainstream sound. “The pop element of Stubblemelt is a side that we have not really showcased before so this concert with JLS gives us the perfect chance to show the world the mainstream sound of Stubblemelt and we are really looking forward to getting the Britannia ready for JLS.” Tickets for the concert on June 2 are available on 01782 367599 or from