About Empire

Empire were formed in the summer of 2020 when Noah Clegg and Dylan Fairburn met online when they stumbled across each others’ love for music. After Dylan challenged Noah to play “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (which he succeeded), Noah’s football mates Charlie Berry, Alex Fairhurst and Bailey “Buck” Walker joined on Facetime and the rest is history!

Empire take their name from the fifth Star Wars film, and were formed on 11th August 2020, when the boys were just 13 years old, bonding over their love for “Definitely Maybe” by Oasis, and “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” by the Arctic Monkeys.

Empire’s first released song “Adolescence” burst onto YouTube in October 2020, with the music video reaching over a thousand views online in a few months; the song still a staple of Empire’s headline gig live set. They released their debut EP “Humble Beginnings” on December 16th 2020, to great acclaim from peers.

Empire GBTE

Empire's "God Bless The Empire" Album

Available on major streaming platforms

The group wasted no time at all, and Clegg and Berry wrote the band’s signature song “Angel Woman” – reaching 1,000 streams in the first few days of its release, becoming a live mainstay in their setlist, with Clegg often stopping the song and interacting with the crowd to sing “She’s the angel woman for me”.

Releases such as the “Noise And Confusion EP” with tracks such as “Truth Behind the Lies” and “Flowers” followed, and the band continued to build on their success, releasing signature tracks such as “Honestly” and “Last to Leave Your House” in 2021 and 2022, and then “Angeline” in 2023, a response to Clegg’s grandfather asking him to write a song to remind him of the 1950s.

Empire have gone from strength to strength since March 2023, from playing live on pallets in a farm shed, to supporting established bands such as Bravado Cartel and The Rosadocs, working with Kasabian/The Libertines championed company “This Feeling” – to headlining established venues in their home city later this year (watch this space!). The band’s demo collection “God Bless the Empire” has over 20,000 streams across all platforms, and the group are gaining traction as one of the most exciting live acts in the country. Not bad for five lads who did all of that while doing GCSE’s.


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