When Lawson take to the stage at the Brighton Centre on Friday, the moment will be extra special for the band’s drummer Adam Pitts.
For him, the gig promises to bring to life hours’ worth of dreams of a man who was born and bred just a few miles away from the city, in Seaford, and who would spend numerous shifts working and preparing the venue for sell-out concerts, one day imagining that he would be the star on stage.
Now, it is his turn and with a wealth of family and friends guaranteed to be in the crowd, Adam believes it could well be the best night of his life.
He said, “Brighton is a big place in our career so to headline a show there is an absolute dream come true.
“I’ve got all my family and friends coming to watch, even my grandparents with their earplugs. It’s going to be amazing.
“I think it will be the best night of my life.”
The Brighton Centre is one of 15 venues on the month-long UK trip, which is the final leg of the ‘Everywhere We Go’ tour that also saw the four-piece travel across the United States and Canada last month.
To perform at Brighton’s largest music venue also symbolises the group’s gradual ascent from wannabe stars to established music artists already with four top-10 singles under their belts.
“We played at The Hope, The Haunt, Coalition, the Brighton Dome and now the Brighton Centre - the venues got gradually bigger as we grew up as a band as well.
“We used to dream of it, to be on stage and headlining this place, it doesn’t feel real.
“We spent so many years playing in the intimate venues, which we really enjoyed, but now we’re relishing the chance to play in those bigger venues.
“Touring America was amazing. The fans over there are fantastic and we got to drive through the country and see these sights we’ve always wanted to see.
“We performed at the opening of the US Open in front of Michelle Obama - it was crazy.”
Adam spent his whole childhood growing up in the seaside town, attending Seaford Head School and only moving out of his family home a couple of years ago after becoming ‘far too familiar with the M23’ on his frequent commutes to London.
However, the drummer is grateful he gets to return to the South Coast on a fairly regular basis, adding, “I manage to come back once every two weeks or so as our tours are quite short at the moment. It’s really nice to come back and see the sights, have a couple of nights out in Eastbourne and Brighton.”
The adventure is only just beginning for Adam and his band-mates; later this month, they will re-release their debut album Chapman Square - which charted at number four in the UK - with the addition of six new songs and never-seen-before documentary from their tour.