Romford’s London Road honoured to play for Paralympic heroes

An up-and-coming teen band, named after the Romford road in which they went to school, performed a special gig for Paralympian heroes in the Olympic Park.

It was only the ninth time acoustic trio London Road - aka Lewis Huff, 17, and brothers Jackson Navin, 17, and Matthew Navin, 19 - have played in public when they took to the stage at the athletes’ village’s entertainment venue, The Globe.

The half-hour gig, last Thursday (September 6), saw the boys play five of their own songs as well as a Justin Bieber cover to dozens of Paralympians from around the world.

Lead vocalist Matthew, a recent graduate at Romford’s Colins Performing Arts School, said the boys were asked to play less than a week earlier.

“It was a huge privilege to be there, and a once-in-a-life time experience,” he said. “We will never do another gig like it.

You may also want to watch:

“We were there providing the backing track while the athletes were relaxing and we got some really good feedback.”

He added: “Our normal audience is girls aged between 12-21, so this was very different for us, but really positive and a bit surreal!”

Most Read

The boys, all from Emerson Park, met at St Edward’s Church of England School, where Lewis, from Hornchurch, still attends the sixth form college.

London Road first released their music on YouTube and via Twitter in May.

But they have already gained thousands of young female fans from around the world - who call themselves ‘Roadies’.

For more information about the band go to:

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter