Support acts announced for Kings of Leon UK tour

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THE KINGS of Leon will be supported by two of British and American rock’s most promising new names when they storm into Sunderland this summer.

Nashville quartet Mona will kick off the show, while Ealing-based alternative rockers White Lies will provide the main support.

Mona are frontman/guitarist Nick Brown, drummer Vince Gard, bass player Zach Lindsey and guitarist Jordan Young. Nick and Vince grew up in Dayton, Ohio and met via their church musical group. Moving to Nashville, they met Zach, who in turn introduced them to Jordan, an old Kentucky friend who had grown up in the farm town of Breeding.

“Now we’re four horses pulling the carriage,” says Nick, after whose grandmother the band is named. “It’s chemistry, man. It’s a marriage.”

Formerly known as Fear of Flying, White Lies are Harry McVeigh on lead vocals and guitar, Charles Cave on bass and backing vocals and Jack Lawrence-Brown on drums. Live, the sound is supplemented by sidemen Tommy Bowen and Rob Lee.

Widely touted as ones to watch at the beginning of 2009, White Lies’ debut album To Lose My Life... was released in January that year, and went straight to number one on the UK albums chart.

Their second album Ritual was released in January. White Lies’ musical style has prompted comparisons to Joy Division, Editors and Interpol.

Standard tickets for the Kings of Leon are sold out, but the Stadium of light has a limited number of hospitality packages still available. Visit www.safcconcerts. com or call 0871 911 1555.