UP and coming Liverpool band MiC LOWRY – have been invited to open the show for Justin Bieber on the European leg of his Purpose World Tour, starting this month and will be the only British band on the tour. The five-piece vocal harmony group, made up of Delleile Ankrah, Akia Jones, Kaine Ofoeme, Ben Sharples and Michael Welch, all grew up within a mile of each other, and started singing together in their early teens. Having all attended Calderstones School in Liverpool (formerly known as Quarry Bank, John Lennon’s alma mater), the five formed a band at a youth arts centre, run by Barbara Phillips, daughter of Lord Woodbine, the rarely mentioned ‘sixth Beatle’. MiC LOWRY honed their live show in the early days at local gig venues including Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club. As soon as the group have finished their own sold-out headline tour in Liverpool, London, Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester, they join Bieber in Stockholm on 29th September and go on to perform 37 European dates in 22 cities. The tour will also take in arenas across the UK including Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Glasgow and no less than six nights at London’s O2 Arena where they will be playing to an audience in excess of 100,000. In just a few years, MiC LOWRY have gained a strong following, with plays from BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and BBC Radio 1Xtra (Trevor Nelson, DJ Target, Twin B & Yasmin, Sarah Jane Crawford, Adele Roberts and A.Dot), being nominated for a BET award for ‘Best International Newcomer’, winning the MOBO Unsung Award, playing the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, and getting several tours under their belts.