The Royals
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The Royals

Manchester, England, United Kingdom | SELF

Manchester, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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"Local Band Put On a Right Royal Show!"

Talented indie rockers The Royals continue to make giant leaps in their ambitious climb to success as they came out on top in the prestigious local competition Take it to the MACCX, a comptetition which was organized by some of the big local players, Winterfest, Cheshires SILK 106.9 and of course Music Vibe.

Bands from all over the Northwest headed down for an initial audition phase, and only a select few of the hottest bands made it through. The lucky select performed on the big stage in Macclesfield to fight it out in the final. The competition was judged by a group of knowledgeable music loversl. Our very own Dane Swindells was joined by Dave Lafferty of the Macclesfield Express, Brad Snelling of Winterfest, David Flavel from Silk 106.9 and a very special guest in Phil Ellis, a chief talent scout for the BBC’s Saturday night show The Voice. It was a tough select to impress, with Dane fancying himself as a bit of a Gary Barlow! He commented "It was really difficult to judge the competition especially when there was so much talent being showcased. There was an amazing show stealing performance from Pia Burrow who I'm pretty sure will be doing great things in the local music scene soon. Lucky Hands also put on a brilliant performance and managed to entertain the crowd in pretty dull conditions due to the weather! However, I think The Royals deserved to win and I wish them the best of luck with their gig at the Liverpool Sound Festival next year".

Nevertheless, there was one band who kept their cool and impressed all of the judges enough to win the competition. The Royals rocked the big stage to victory, and as winners they will relish the opportunity to rock an even BIGGER stage at Liverpool Sound Festival next year. Well done lads! - Dane Swindells - Music Vibe

"The Royals / Super8 Cynics and guests Dry Live Manchester"

The Royals provided a right regal marriage of reggae and indie: from dark and brooding Humbug era Arctic Monkeys bass lines, to brighter ska melodies and songs about summer. With clever, occasionally Turner-esque lyrics and imaginative cover choices of Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘Always Like This’ and Rusted Root’s ‘Send Me On My Way’ (the one from Ice Age), The Royals were highlights of the night, far better than any Royal Wedding. - Lucy Holt - Designer Magazine

"The Sticks plus guests - Dry Bar Manchester"

Taking a reggae-shaped detour from proceedings, The Royals returned to Dry Bar, climbing their way up the listings since their slot earlier this year. Their potential (pardon the Alan Sugar-ism) is not only evident here; the Wilmslow four-piece’s upbeat ska tribute ‘Alive in the 80’s’ has been played in America, showing that Wills and Kate aren’t the only Royals causing a stir on the other side of the pond. The sunny and seasonal reggae sounds of ‘Summer’ and the dark, brooding ‘Stacey’ proved to be a perfect combination, and displayed a knack of song writing so head-bobbingly good you’re sure you’ve known the tunes forever.
- Alex Mccan - Designer Magazine

"The Gentrymen + The Royals - Club Academy Manchester"

Fully fledged members of the flourishing Macclesfield music scene and Designer Magazine regulars, The Royals, were showcasing a shiny new line up and sound. With a recently recruited new drummer and a repertoire of majorly new material, The Royals opened with the unseasonably sunny ‘Summer’, an intoxicatingly perky ode to young love. New addition to the set ‘Cropfield’ proved to be truly danceable indie-pop anthem. Crowd favourite ‘Alive in the 80’s’, the only evidence of the band’s ska beginnings, with its unignorable bass line and indisputable lyrics about why “Morrissey and going crazy” was far better than current pop culture, but that’s an argument for a whole other article… - Lucy Holt - Designer Magazine


Still working on that hot first release.



Singer (Callum Holt) and Guitarist (Rory Ward) started writing songs together in 2009, with an acoustic set up. They decided the songs would work better with a band unit and so bassist (Ed Wearing) and drummer (Chris Jevons) were recruited in 2011. The band worked straight away, Ed writing melodic bass-lines to fit the chord progressions and Chris laying down complex but catchy beats. With a set of around 20 original songs, we are capable of playing around an hour long set. Their sound and style has often been compared to that of The Smiths by several members of their audiences, and also to a Manchester band, 'The Janice Graham Band'. They have a variety of styles, appealing to many different tastes in genre such as indie, pop, ska and reggae. Their music is influenced by bands such as The Smiths, The Police, The Cure, Arctic Monkeys, The Stone Roses, Oasis and Coldplay.