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Overground, one of London’s most popular music showcases returns for its eight outing on 29th August (Bank Holiday Sunday) at Rhythm Factory , 16-18 Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, E1 1EW. Headlining will be Grammy-nominated 80s favourites Musical Youth. The group now consists of just two original members Dennis Seaton and Michael Grant. But this will not stop the duo from bringing their ‘A’ game, as they perform old and new tracks at their first London gig in 20 years!

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WMel++Kim2hen I think about the 80s and 90s, one of the things that stand out is how many family music groups there were – that’s groups made up of, or featuring siblings. I have already written posts about Musical Youth, Debarge, 5 Star, Jodeci and Bros on here (check the music archives for those!). But as you all know there are a lot more that fit the bill.

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musical20youthMusical Youth were a group like no other when they came on the scene in 1982. I was only six at the time, but  remember it like it was yesterday.

Originally from Birmingham the group was made up of two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael Grant and Junior and Patrick Waite, and lead singer Dennis Seaton. They were also all very young, I think the oldest member was about 16 and the youngest about 11!

A ‘reggae pop group’, they played instruments and were pretty adorable-looking, in their trademark denim, and trilby and beret hats. Also their songs, as catchy as they were, often had a bit of a social message to them. e.g. Youth of Today.

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jlsMost people who know me know that I am  a fan of UK boyband JLS, the runners-up of 2008’s series of the X-Factor. Afterall I have always been a sucker for the underdog, particularly when it is teamed with talent, hard work and humility. So I love seeing these guys have number one hits, get mobbed by thousands of screaming girls wherever they go, and announce arena tours, because, who would have thought it, right?