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ASTON’S BACK ON HOME TURF! This is it, the month Peterborough popstar Aston Merrygold returns home a boyband hero. The Brit Award winner and his JLS band mates will perform live for city fans and he told ESP he can’t wait… “To come back and perform in Peterborough will be great, absolutely amazing. It’ll be everyone who’s seen you grow up, and such a crazy vibe – it’ll be so much fun.” The concert on the Embankment on Sunday July 18 is set to be the biggest Peterborough has seen. The former Jack Hunt School pupil, JB, Marvin and Oritsé will headline the show supported by X Factor co-star and last month’s ESP cover girl Diana Vickers as well as Diversity from Britain’s Got Talent among others.

there’s a lot going on,” Aston told ESP, “and I’m not afraid to throw a back flip or two but we’ve got some new tricks up our sleeves. The tour’s incredible, we’ve had really good reviews. I think we’ve surprised a lot of people. “It’s a very exciting time for us, it’s all new and we’re trying out new stuff and experimenting.”

While it’s getting harder and harder for Aston to show his face in Peterborough these days, he’s working at keeping his links with his home town – “I try and get home even if just for an hour, but mum’s more than happy to come and see me. I speak to her every day anyway. “I’d hope to stick around after the show, but I very much doubt it. I used to have time to go out but with the tour and our profile now it’s pretty much impossible. We wouldn’t change anything for the world though – when performing we’re at our happiest.” The Peterborough gig will come hot off the heels of JLS’ latest single release – the first from their second album. The enormous club track, The Club Is Alive, will be released on July 5. The single is a change in direction for the boys, mixing dance beats with soulful melodies and a hook many would recognise. Sounding like you’ve never heard them before, the single shows why everybody’s in love with JLS. The as-yet untitled second album will be released on November 22. The guys are currently in America recording more tracks for the album ahead of its autumn release date. Then they’ll embark on a massive arena tour in December / January 2010 / 11 that will see them play over 35 venues throughout the UK and Ireland. Before then though, we get to see JLS on Aston’s home turf! “Anyone who’s seen our tour will know p m ag .co.u k ( July )

The gig is being promoted by Heart radio and breakfast presenter Kev Lawrence told ESP – "Having followed the boys since before they were famous, it's so good to see them coming back for such a massive show in Peterborough. Since they walked into our studios as four unknowns, way before the bootcamp stages of X Factor, we always knew they had both the talent and the drive to make a success of themselves. They sang some acapella stuff and blew us away with how great they sounded, and how together they seemed as a band. “The Peterborough connection with Aston just adds to the interest, and we can’t wait for the gig. The best thing of all about JLS for us, is how nice they are as people – humble, grounded, and appreciative of all their support." Tickets are £28.50 for JLS on 08712 200 260 or at, HMV on Cathedral Square and the Destination Centre, Bridge Street, Peterborough. PARKING… There’s limited parking around the Embankment so Queensgate will be opening all four of their car parks extra late, until 11.30pm, on Saturday July 17 for the Back To The 80s concert and on Sunday July 18 for JLS concert goers. As the JLS concert falls on a Sunday fans can park all day at Queensgate for just £1.

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