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Starsailor exploded onto the scene in 2001 when their single Fever earned them the prize of “Britain’s best new band”. The band was formed at Wigan and Leigh Music College by music students James Walsh (vocals/guitar), James Stelfox (bass), and Ben Byrne (drums) and later saw the arrival of keyboardist Barry Westhead, who cemented their sound. Their second single, Good Souls, went Top 20, and Alcoholic earned the band their first UK Top 10 single. Their album Love Is Here reached Number Two in the UK Album Charts in October 2001, after receiving lots of great critical acclaim. The year ended with the band winning the “Brightest New Hope” award at the NME Awards.
After a five-year hiatus, the band reformed in 2014, enjoying triumphant festival performances at the Isle of Wight Festival (UK), Pentaport (Korea), Rock Zottegem (Belgium) to name a few. 2015 saw them tour the UK, Europe, China, Korea, and a co-headline tour of the US and Canada with Embrace. Their return was swiftly followed by the release of their biggest hits through ‘Good Souls: The Greatest Hits’ in 2015 which included two brand new tracks ‘Give Up the Ghost’ and ‘Hold On’. The band were back in the studio at the end of 2016 and into 2017, resulting in their 5th studio album ‘All This Life’ which is now available.