Boyz On Block: Who exactly are the band that have been asked to perform at Preston's Christmas lights?
The line- up of performers has been revealed for Preston's glittering Christmas Lights Switch On on Saturday November 23.
By Iain Lynn
Friday, 11th October 2019, 2:33 pm
Preston Christmas Lights
But on band in particular stands out as being a highlight of the evening. If you think you've never heard of them, think again...
Four familiar faces have formed a super-group, but who are they?
First up is Dane Bowers, who first shot to fame in boy band Another Level
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After Another Level split in 2000, Bowers wrote and fronted hits for the UK garage act True Steppers: "Out of Your Mind" featured the first solo recording of Victoria Beckham, and reached No. 2
In 2001, two solo singles released under the moniker of 'Dane', "Shut Up... and Forget About It" (allegedly written about his relationship with Jordan) and "Another Lover", both reached No. 9
In 2006 he joined Upper Street; a UK boy band formed from the MTV-produced reality television series Totally Boyband
Next is Abz, from British boy band 5ive. They were formed in 1997 by the same team that managed the Spice Girls before they launched their career
In 2003, Love released his debut solo album Abstract Theory, which earned him a further three top ten hits
In 2015, Love starred in BBC Two's documentary series Country Strife: Abz on the Farm
In January 2016, Abz released his first solo single in over a decade, a comedy track called "Cockadoodledoo" with the hope of raising money
Third is Shane Lynch, who shot to fame in 1993 as a member of Boyzone; a band created by Louis Walsh as the Irish Take That
Lynch quickly became the most distinctive member due to his body piercings, tattoos and violent outbursts which contrasted with the band's clean-cut image
Lynch has taken part in The Games 2004, in the second series of ITV's Love Island, and in January 2018 he was a housemate in series 21 of Celebrity Big Brother and finished in third place
A keen motor racing enthusiast, Lynch came within a few laps of winning the 2003 British GT Championship at Brands Hatch when he crashed into a spinning backmarker he was lapping
And finally we come to Ben Ofoedu. In 1993, Ofoedu joined the band Benz, and in 1999 he became the singer of Phats & Small, originally as a guest vocalist
He released a solo single called "Your Love" in 2000 and in 2001 joined a new band called REDhill, which included Shane Lynch. The following year he joined another music collaboration, The Intenso Project
In 2005, he joined Four Story who went on to appear on Making Your Mind Up in the hope of representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest with their song "Hand On My Heart". They came fifth
He has been engaged to television and radio presenter Vanessa Feltz since 2006 and they live together in St John's Wood, London