Joe Astley is a songwriter from the UK heard on BBC Introducing, Radio X and XS Manchester. Following a string of successful releases over 2020, his debut single “Television Fantasy” with his ten-piece supergroup The Wallgate Band is out now.
Brought up on early rock ‘n’ roll music, he picked up a guitar at the age of eight and taught himself to play. At twenty one, he recorded some demos at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee; and went on to later record original material at Liverpool’s prestigious Parr Street Studio and shortly after at Rockfield.
His debut single “Revolution Postponed” came in December 2019, and was called “A protest song for the social media generation.” – likened to that of Bob Dylan, proudly wearing his influences on his sleeve. The song got its debut on BBC Radio Manchester, performed live on air at Media City, Salford; and championed by radio veteran Mike Sweeney.
In March 2020, he released “Anthem For The North” – which made his national radio debut on Radio X. The song was endorsed by his local football and rugby teams in his hometown of Wigan in a campaign for unity throughout the coronavirus pandemic and subsequently made #1 on The Indie Countdown of 2020. “Anthem For The North” was also highly commended by Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers and Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) as well as receiving praise from British acting legend Robert Carlyle.
Now backed by his ten-piece rock ‘n’ roll group, The Wallgate Band, their debut single “Television Fantasy” is out now. Receiving it’s premiere on XS Manchester, the song is a fresh blend of alternative rock, indie-pop and old-school rock ‘n’ roll, fusing together the most iconic sounds of the last six decades – and the first look at their debut EP coming 2021 which is expected to be one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year.