Myles to play ‘swan song’ gig with popular Sidmouth band

Sid Valley Business Awards 2018. Sky Lizard provide the evening's entertainment. Picture: Kyle Baker

Sid Valley Business Awards 2018. Sky Lizard provide the evening's entertainment. Picture: Kyle Baker - Credit: Archant

It’s now or never for Myles Le Blanque as he leaves Sidmouth for the bright lights of the big city.

The 28-year-old singer is unsure what the future holds but knows he will regret it if he does not try – and that his hometown will always be here if he needs it.

As well as his family and friends, he also leaves behind Sky Lizard, a ‘bunch of old rockers’ he never thought he would get along with as well as has. Myles will play his final gig with the band in Sidford Social Hall from 8.30pm tomorrow (Saturday).

“I’m in a position where I could quite happily settle here but I think I’d regret not going off and trying different things,” said the former Sidmouth College student.

“I’m 28 now. It’s now or never. I don’t know what I want to do but I’ll throw myself into it.

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“The good thing about Sidmouth is I can always come back and slot back in.”

Audiences may recognise Myles from his appearances at the Manor Pavilion Theatre – and more recently he could be seen in drag in Torquay in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – but joining the band in 2015 was a ‘massive learning curve’.

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“Coming from a performing background, I thought it would be easy, but there’s no stage, no lighting, just people right in front of you,” he said. “It was really daunting.

“The band are a bunch of old rockers. Initially I thought there was no chance I’d play with them. Then I thought, what have I got to lose? I heard them rehearse and they can really play. Why wouldn’t I want to play with them?

“The guys would set up, then I would arrive and people didn’t know what to expect. We’re so varied. We’ll appeal to a certain generation with Hotel California, then we’ll do something like Uptown Funk.

“Fashion is a big thing for me. People think I wear clothes like this to get attention but it’s because I love them.

“The band always take the mick out of me for my clothes – they joke about costume changes and tomorrow I’m going to wear the ones they made fun of me for.”

Sky Lizard consists of guitarist Ian Bisson, bassist Marc Bennett, Keith Steel on the drums and Oscar Hammond on the keys.

Myles will be replaced by James Lott, an Australian singer and guitarist.

“We’ve all got really close,” added Myles. “I’ll miss them. I don’t want to get emotional at the gig but I know I will.”

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