Fans gather to meet rising star

By Nigel Slater 13/04 Updated: 13/04 10:39

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MORE than 150 music fans flocked to Evesham's Riverside Shopping Centre to meet one of the music industry's rising stars.

Singer Alex Day made a special visit to the town's Rapture Entertainment store on Thursday (April 5) to sign copies of his new single Lady Godiva which went on to reach the top 20 in the Official UK Top 40 chart on Easter Sunday.

Mr Day hit fame in December last year when he became the first ever unsigned musician to have an official top ten hit in the UK Singles Chart with his Christmas release record 'Forever Yours'.

The track reached Number Four in the charts and his debut video racked up more than four million views on YouTube.

Store manager Natalie Boyles said it was great to see so many people at the store and meet those who travelled as far as Sydney to meet the singer.

"It was brilliant to see so many people come during the day," she told the Observer. "It proved to be a great day for the store and a great day for Evesham too."

Rapture staff are also anticipating a busy day in store when they celebrate national Record Store Day on Saturday April 21.

The day event, which celebrates the existence of independent record stores in the UK, will see local bands playing in the store and exclusive releases on offer including vinyl releases from big artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Arctic Monkeys, Kate Bush, Emeli Sande and The Cure.

"Here at Rapture we are all really excited for this year's Record Store Day and the brilliant exclusive releases that are out this year," Natalie added.

"We will be opening early at 8.30am so we would encourage people to come down as soon as possible so they have the best chance of getting their hands on the exclusive material before it gets snapped up."

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