A TEENAGE band from Winsford are to star at a major Manchester event.

Four-piece guitar band Deadbeat Echoes, who cite Joy Division, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Doors, The Clash and The Stone Roses among there influences, play the Friends of Manchester Festival this weekend.

And manager Tom Dunn reckons they are already causing a stir.

“This will only be their sixth gig and they’ve already been playing to 600-700 a night,” he said.

The band, all 17 and living in Winsford, are singer and guitarist Jack Fearon, electric guitarist Anthony Waring, bassist Michael Newton and drummer Sam Bell, who also takes on backing vocals.

Their fledgling live career includes supporting The Rascals, whose lead singer Miles Cain is one half of The Last Shadow Puppets, along with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner.

Glasvegas and The Courteneers are already said to be fans.

“They’re going in the right direction and they’re already mixing with the right people,” said Tom. “This weekend is a big opportunity for them and they’re looking forward to it.”

After the festival, which takes place from 2pm on Saturday to 3am on Sunday at Jabez Clegg, Portsmouth Street, the band will play The Roadhouse in Manchester on February 7.

Tickets for the Friends of Manchester Festival are available through the band’s website, www.myspace.com/deadbeatechoes.