AN UP-AND-COMING band from Barry is preparing to release their debut single.

The 8:48 is a local teen band with:

  • Lead singer and songwriter Kyle Bellamy;
  • Bassist and songwriter Dylan Hooper;
  • Lead guitarist Harrison Ollier;
  • Drummer Dylan Clarker.

They’ve been taking Barry by storm – recently performing at Whitmore High School to raise funds for Ukraine, with Europe’s Joey Tempest sending a message of support ahead of the gig.

And the unstoppable foursome plan to release their first single – Off To The Sky – on July 1, and have another concert lined up on July 7.

Off To The Sky was written by Mr Hooper and Mr Bellamy in March 2021 - the first song the duo wrote together - and was performed at their gig for Ukraine.

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“It’s a song about chasing your dreams,” said Mr Hooper.

“We wrote the song before we came up with the name – hopefully some people will recognise it [from the previous show].”

He added that it’s “quite cool” that the Vale of Glamorgan’s radio station Bro Radio will air the track.

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Off To The Sky is entirely self-produced and recorded by The 8:48 and will be available for digital download from Friday, July 1.

Plus, music fans will be able to watch The 8:48 perform live on stage at Whitmore High School on Thursday, July 7.

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“We’re very excited and can’t wait to play again,” said Mr Hooper.

“After the last show the next day we just wanted to play again; we will have a new set list with new originals and covers.”

Although not nervous at this stage, he added there may be some pre-show nerves as they try to ensure the show is just as good – if not better – than the last one.

Doors will open at 7pm, for a 7.30pm start, at Whitmore High School on July 7. Tickets are £3.50 and available from