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Wonderland plays to packed school halls

By This is Kent  |  Posted: February 04, 2011

  • Best assembly ever? Wonderland performing to Year 8 at Fulston Manor school. (From left) Leigh Learmont, Sharon Condon, Kasey Smith, Jodie Albert and Corrina Durran GIRC20110128A-001_C

  • Meet and greet: Students say hello after the show GIRC20110128A-005

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EVER fancied time out of lessons so the nation's next big pop band can play a gig in the hall?

That's what happened for pupils at Fulston Manor in Sittingbourne and Sheppey Academy on Friday when girl band Wonderland performed a sneak preview gig ahead of launching their debut single, Not a Love Song on March 7.

Sheppey Academy's east site head of music Helen Amos, said: "The students really enjoyed the performance.

"They were dancing in their seats and made lots of noise.

"The girls got some of the students up on stage dancing and some with them as well."

The Emerald Isle-based five-piece group are hoping to take the charts by storm and they certainly have pedigree. They are co-managed by X Factor judge – and Boyzone and Westlife impresario – Louis Walsh, along with Westlife-member Kian Egan.

The band were put together following open auditions in Dublin in 2008 and is made up of Sharon Condon, Corrina Durran, Leigh Learmont, Kasey Smith and former Hollyoaks actress Jodi Albert, who broke the hearts of an army of teenagers by marrying Mr Egan in Barbados in 2009.

Wonderland has already supported Westlife on stadium tours, playing to 85,000 people at Croke Park in Dublin, and in the next few months the girls will back up Boyzone and Taylor Swift.

It was a smaller affair on Friday for the school hall performances, though the band did work hard, entertaining two schools at the Academy – Harty school at 11.30 and Abbey school at 12.30.

Miss Amos said it was a great opportunity for the students to see the band before they hit the big time. Wonderland stayed behind after the show, giving out merchandise and meeting and greeting thrilled pupils who stayed behind to speak to upcoming stars.

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