Free Empire

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Free Empire - Indie Classicrock Rock Alternative Rock Indie Live Act in Leeds

Free Empire Short Info

Free Empire' were created when an opportunist meeting occurred between Ryan Hobbs & Adam Larner at an open mic night at The Tarn pub in Yeadon.

Adam performed a number of songs, singing and playing guitar, while Ryan was vocalist performing with another guitarist.

After brief introductions between the two, it was arranged to meet up to 'jam' at another open mic night later that week, ...where Adam introduced Trevor Phillips.

Ryan, Trev and Adam jammed a few tracks that night and the response was great, so we set about recruiting a lead guitarist.

Ryan Hobbs contacted Mark Towers who he had known from previous open mic nights and the core of the band was formed.

It was decided that a second guitarist was required to enhance the rhythm section, so Mark Towers introduced Rob Clayton and the band was formed.

Initial rehearsal sessions confirmed the potential and after weeks of being unnamed, Free Empire was born!!!

So from January 2013, Free Empire hit the ground running, gigging mostly around Leeds and Yorkshire and then expanding there venues to Birmingham where lead singer Ryan is from and now lives. They performed at around 40 gigs in 2013 and 2014 is looking to be even bigger and better with over 30 gigs already in the diary.

They went into the studio to record initially two tracks, then further 3 in the second part of the year. The 5 track EP is available to buy at gigs and will shortly be available online, tracks are Alright now, Jumping jack Flash, Local Boy in the Photograph, All these things I've done and Times like these. Alright now was also released on I tunes and is still available for download!!

Mark Towers left the band in September 2014 to spend more time with family. After various great guitarists filling in we were joined by Matt Lucas, who is an extremely talent musician and an asset to the band going into 2015.

Free Empire' were created when an opportunist meeting occurred between Ryan Hobbs & Adam Larner at an open mic night at The Tarn pub in Yeadon.

Adam performed a number of songs, singing and playing guitar, while Ryan was vocalist performing with another guitarist.

After brief introductions between the two, it was arranged to meet up to 'jam' at another open mic night later that week, ...where Adam introduced Trevor Phillips.

Ryan, Trev and Adam jammed a few tracks that night and the response was great, so we set about recruiting a lead guitarist.

Ryan Hobbs contacted Mark Towers who he had known from previous open mic nights and the co...

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Past Gigs Free Empire

  • 11 | 2015 Bradford City Vaults
  • 11 | 2015 Leeds Oniells
  • 10 | 2015 Birmingham The Farthings
  • 10 | 2015 South Elmsall The Tank (Village Pub)
  • 08 | 2015 Wales Haven Parks
  • 08 | 2015 Wales Haven Parks
  • 08 | 2015 Tamworth Private Event (Wedding)
  • 08 | 2015 Scotland Haven Parks
  • 07 | 2015 Scotland Haven Parks
  • 07 | 2015 Birmingham Private Event (Wedding)
  • 07 | 2015 Solihull Private Event (Wedding)
  • 06 | 2015 Cumbria Private Event (Wedding)
  • 06 | 2015 Leeds Oneills
  • 05 | 2015 Great Barr The Beeches
  • 05 | 2015 Leeds Oneills
  • 05 | 2015 Leeds Private Function (Wedding)
  • 05 | 2015 Solihull Broomfields Hall
  • 05 | 2015 Bradford City Vaults
  • 04 | 2015 Scotland Haven Parks
  • 04 | 2015 Scotland Haven Parks
  • 03 | 2015 Cumbria Private Event (Wedding)
  • 03 | 2015 South Elmsall The Tank (Village Pub)
  • 02 | 2015 Tamworth Victory Pub
  • 02 | 2015 Leeds **HEADCASE** presents 'Live Music Is Dead' - Atlanta House / Free Empire / Fisting For Glory / Postculture

Media

  • Video All the things Ive Done - F...
  • Sound Mr. Brightside - Free Empire
  • Video Free Empire - Whiskey in th...

Origin

  • Leeds GB

Founded

  • 2012

Members

  • Ryan Hobbs Vocals
  • Trev Phillips Bass/Backing Vox
  • Adam Larner Drums/Backing Vox
  • Rob Clayton Guitar
  • Matt Lucas Lead Guitar