2015 truly was a big year for Irish boyband, HomeTown, who proved how much a boyband can achieve in such a short time. Not only did they do multiple gigs and put out a number 1 hit single in Ireland, but they also released their debut album.
After the release of their single ‘Where I Belong,’ which reached number 1 in Ireland in December 2014, HomeTown released another single titled ‘Cry For Help’. Following this was a signing tour across Ireland in the early months of the year, whilst the single charted number 1 in Irish charts, totalling two number 1 singles in Ireland. Following the success of the single, they performed it on The Voice of Ireland.
However, Ireland wasn’t the only place the boyband were becoming popular. In the summer, HomeTown supported British pop band, The Vamps, at some of their gigs in the United Kingdom. They supported The Vamps at shows in places such as Scarborough Open Air Theatre, with a capacity of 6,500, and other shows of the like.
Not long after supporting The Vamps, HomeTown released their single ‘Where I Belong’ in the UK. The release of the single was followed by a signing tour visiting places across the UK such as Belfast, Hanley and Manchester.
However, big things were still in store for HomeTown as they returned back to Ireland to perform a headline show at Vicar Street. Just over a month later they did a mini-tour across Ireland, ending in Dayl Cronin’s hometown, Clonmel, on Halloween.
On November 20th, the boyband released their debut album ‘HomeTown’ which charted in Ireland at number 4. The album contains both of their number 1 hit singles in Ireland ‘Cry For Help’ and ‘Where I Belong’. It also involves the track ‘The Night We Met’ that was written by One Direction’s Liam Payne and singer-songwriter Jamie Scott.
Only a month after the release of their debut album, HomeTown went on to win ‘New Artist Of The Year’ at the CelebMix Awards with an overall percentage of 49.8%.
HomeTown also went on to end the year in style with 3 end of year gigs in Letterkenny, Claremorris and Arvagh. 2016 has a lot in store for the boyband including such as more shows and supporting The Vamps on their arena tour. Best of luck in 2016!