Five Points Gang began in a Notting Hill rehearsal studio in early 2019 when Joe Pearson (vocals, guitar), Dinho Barral (bass) and their original drummer met for a jam. Dinho had only arrived in London from his home in Brazil a few weeks previously, and Joe had recently relocated from South Wales. The mission was clear from the outset; bring back free flowing “real” music, deliver exciting live performances, and move blues into the 21st century. Within 6 months the band had written a host of original material and recorded a live performance (“Live! At The Premises”) along with beauti- fully shot promotional videos. The band focused on cutting their teeth in central London and quickly developed a reputation for searing live performances, gaining regular headline spots in the club scene. By February 2020, the band had secured festival bookings for the summer, a joint tour with their friends in the Mark Pontin Group, won a chance to support Jools Holland in the spring and performed an electrifying headline show at London’s iconic 100 Club. Since the pandemic began, the band has actually been busier than ever before! A new year brought a new drummer, and they were delighted to welcome the fabulously talented Gaet Allard in to the gang in February. Gaet, hailing from France, proves the band’s strapline to be absolutely true: 21st Century International Blues.