A chance encounter with Tim Burgess has propelled one Manchester band onto BBC Radio 6 Music – as well as a slot at next year’s Kendal Calling.

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Guitarist Jack Iddon approached Burgess while working at Crewe train station to ask for a photograph, according to 6 Music DJ Chris Hawkins.
When Iddon bumped into the Charlatans frontman a second time, the young musician told him about his own band, prompting Burgess to suggest that Iddon send him one of their tracks.
‘Love Is A Pleasure’ by Rhys E – the band fronted by Rhys Eccles and including Iddon on guitar and keys – was passed along to Hawkins, who played the song on his early morning show while recounting the “heartwarming story” on Twitter.

#NowPlaying on @BBC6Music: Love Is A Pleasure by @RhysEMusic – hope you like it as much as we do
— Chris Hawkins (@ChrisHawkinsUK) December 12, 2020

Iddon explained how the fortuitous event unfolded: “Upon joining the band I shared Rhys’ music with the [manager] of Ogenesis records via text.
“He called me back explained that he and Tim loved the songs, and he managed to get us radio play on Radio 6 music with Tim Hawkins.”
Listen to ‘Love Is A Pleasure’ below.

Kendal Calling later announced that they had “an extra surprise to add to the story” on Twitter – confirming that the band would be playing the event in 2021.

We have an extra surprise to add to the story. Tim gave us a shout to let us know that @RhysEMusic will be playing in Tim Peaks at @KendalCalling next Summer. See you in the fields lads… https://t.co/nsoc4VCLOa
— Kendal Calling (@KendalCalling) December 12, 2020

The young guitarist recounted the experience on Twitter, opening his post with: “Wow! Dreams really come true.”
Lead singer Rhys also celebrated the news on social media, sharing a video of himself popping open a bottle of champagne as his band’s track was announced by Hawkins on 6 Music.

Wow! Dreams really come true. I asked @tim_burgess for selfie, told him I was in a band, he asked me to send him a song. He passed it on to @chrishawkinsuk. We just got played on @bbc6music and got offered a gig at @kendalcalling. What a morning! pic.twitter.com/8RWvwwdBYC
— Jack Iddon (@iddon_jack) December 12, 2020

proper buzzing to get r first bit of national radioplay, all come from r @iddon_jack playing to the tunes to @Tim_Burgess at crewe station, madness. Thanks @ChrisHawkinsUK and see you next year @KendalCalling pic.twitter.com/lCAuaZthpg
— Rhys E (@RhysEMusic) December 12, 2020

Iddon added: “Rhys writes 2/3 songs a day and is the main creative force behind the project.
“I have always known Rhys was a good songwriter. He released the track ‘Love Is A Pleasure’ in April 2020 – I immediately knew it was a banger.”

Yesterday (December 12), The Charlatans were announced as headliners for an upcoming livestream festival called The North Will Rise Again.
Set to take place across January 30 and 31 in Manchester and Liverpool, it’s the first in a series of gigs being put on by Louder Than War founder and Membranes frontman John Robb and Karl Connolly, founding director of Liverpool Music House.
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