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From Cricketer to Crooner

6 Dec 2022
Written by Jos Hollington
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Former professional cricketer - and sometime baseball player/javellin thrower - Ian Pont (OB 1972-1980) has turned his attention to singing for his supper. While he retains a major interest, and job, within cricket - he is Head Coach of the National Fast Bowling Academy - Ian is also now the lead singer for one of the UK's prominent Spandau Ballet tribute acts, "Spandau Too". Visit the website to find details of their upcoming shows.

Ian, a Spandau fan who owned all of their albums in the 80s, auditioned for vocalists and musicians to form Spandau Too earlier in the year. Unlike many tribute bands, Spandau Too doesn’t rely on backing tracks to cover any gaps in their line-up. It wasn’t long before news of this new tribute band travelled to the legendary Tony Hadley himself. After listening to Spandau Too, Tony invited Ian to a sound check for his own tour. “Tony Hadley was very generous and very supportive. He even gave me some great sound tips,” said Ian after their meeting.

It's not just Tony who was impressed. After the bands debut show in May, the review of Ian read "Ian Pont’s impressive powerful vocal range somehow matches that of the one and only Tony Hadley. Equally at home tackling all the different genres of the Spandau back catalogue, Ian sang with real confidence knowing he was backed by such accomplished musicians."

To listen to Ian and his band in action, visit YouTube here

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