A self-taught Crawley musician will be living his dream this weekend when he plays with his newly formed boy band in London.
Jude Read, 19, grew up near Pease Pottage and is one of five members of London-based band Franklin Lake.
The former St Wilfrid’s Catholic School student was asked to join by fellow band member Tay Starhz after a project he was working on did not work out.
He said: “My family are proud of me and they always knew I wanted to do this but they didn’t think it would be this big.
“My friends are also 100 per cent by my side.”
Jude, who travels to London up to five times a week to record music, taught himself to play guitar, drums, piano and bass and studied music composing and performing at Central Sussex College in Haywards Heath.
“My family are proud of me and they always knew I wanted to do this but they didn’t think it would be this big.”Jude Read
He liked all aspects of being in the band.
He added: “In the future, I see myself and the band performing on big stages, releasing albums and making more music in the studio.”
The band formed six months ago and will be playing at The Garage on Highbury Corner on Sunday alongside X Factor acts The Brooks, Joey Devries and Dale Ali.
Jude said: “I am quite buzzing for it. It is not only our main songs we are playing but our entire new album. I am excited to hear what our fans think of our new songs.”