The Collision
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The Collision

Portsmouth, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2016

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Established on Jan, 2016
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The Collision is an up-and-coming pop/rock band from the south coast of the UK. The band was formed around a year ago by the lead singer, Lewis Smith. As young musicians, they headlined a sold-out show at the Wedgewood Rooms on November 11. They had brilliant bands such as Eyes To The Skies, FLOWVERS and Marmalade Moonshine to open the stage for them and warm up the crowd as they eagerly waited for The Collision. The Collision took the stage with their latest single ‘Never Gone’ with uncontrollable energy. The band danced, jumped and climbed among the fans throughout the set, making the crowd feel a part of the show. In response to their performance, the crowd sang along to the music and danced to the beat. As a band that has only been together for one year, they performed together perfectly and to a high standard. During the set, the band played music from their newly-released EP. The show was energetic and The Collision conveyed a powerful and passionate performance for their fans. Celebrities Who Are Shorter Than You’d Expect Read More Trendchaser After performing to the crowd of 400 people, the band thanked them for coming to watch them play their new material and spoke to their fans at the merchandise desk after the show. For one sold-out show at the Wedgewood Rooms, The Collision are on the right track to becoming the next new rock/pop band. The band’s next concert is at The Joiners on December 29. SARAH GERRISH

Read more at: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/whats-on/gigs-and-music/review-the-collision-at-the-wedge-southsea-1-8241493 - Sarah Gerrish from Portsmouth News


RISING Hampshire indie stars The Collision will launch their debut EP at their biggest headline show so far.

Frontman Lewis Smith, guitarists Dan Hennessy and Evan Latter, bassist Tom Copeland and drummer Chris Latter will celebrate the release of Never Gone at The Wedgewood Rooms on Saturday November 11.

The Portsmouth venue is usually the haunt of established touring acts so it’s an ambitious step up for the young band, but after playing this year’s Victorious and Wickham festivals, London venues like Nambucca and Fiddler’s Elbow, plus clubs and events across the south, songwriter Lewis says they’re ready for it.

“We’ve sold our band ticket allocation, so, while it’s a lot to ask, we’re hoping for a sell-out. We can’t wait, it’s going to be brilliant.”

“Our new tunes, recorded at Quay West Studios with producer Alex Long, have a different array of influences, but it’s still the same pop rock sound that we’re known for.

“Two songs on the EP, including the title track, are dedicated to my Grandad who inspired me to do music. He never missed one of my gigs and insisted on coming along even when he was poorly.”

Before joining the others, Lewis, who studies at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, was already an established performer at places like The Joiners where he released his first solo EP Raw in 2016.

Last year The Daily Echo told the story of how the Droxford teenager suffered a life threatening illness aged 12 and had to have an emergency operation to remove part of his skull before a further eighteen months of treatment and recovery.

That life-changing event saw him turn to music after he had to stop playing football. He then met and jammed with superstar Ed Sheeran in Prague after help from his mother Nicky and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

But, unlike his hero, Lewis hasn’t stayed a solo artist. The Collision’s first show together was in front of thousands at last year’s Mayflower Park fireworks. They did a live session on BBC Introducing Solent in September.

“It’s nice to be in a band environment now and share all the experiences on and off stage” says Lewis.

And with headline shows in Bristol and London coming up and a return to Portsmouth for Icebreaker Festival in February, there should be plenty more good times to come for these lads.

The Collision headline The Wedgewood Rooms on Saturday November 11 with support from Eyes To The Skies whose own latest single Glasgow is out now. Tickets £6. More at wedgewood-rooms.co.uk.

Richard Derbyshire - Richard Derbyshire from Daily Echo


Discography

Never Gone EP (2017)

Runaway (2018)

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The Collision are a young Pop/Rock band from Portsmouth, UK that formed in 2016. They released their debut EP Never Gone in November 2017 to rave reviews and have a strong local following that have allowed them to play headline sell out shows at The Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth and The Joiners in Southampton as well as festivals such as Common People and Victorious on the South Coast.


Originating as frontman Lewis Smith's solo session band after he had to give up his aspirations of being a professional sportsman due to a life-threatening brain infection, the band quickly realised they worked better together than as a session band and began writing songs together and putting together their engaging and energetic live performance.



They were nominated for the Portsmouth News' Guide Award for Best Band in 2017 and are heading out on a nationwide UK tour in September and October, to coincide with releasing their new single Runaway.

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