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Absolute Radio rocks Parliament

Parliament was rocked by Absolute Radio last night as the national radio station staged the first ever rock music gig to be held at the House of Commons.

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro provided the music, in a marquee on the Commons terrace overlooking the Thames.

Singer Simon Neil told Breakfast Show presenter Christian O’Connell: "You get a bit more nervous when you know the Speaker of the House of Commons is watching. If you went to catholic school it’s like doing a gig in the head nun’s office".

The band have been performing for over 10 years but confessed that the Palace of Westminster was the most unusual place they have played to date.

Neil said: “It’s incredible, we’ll wake up tomorrow wondering if this really happened”.

The half-hour acoustic gig was a celebration of the news that 50 per cent of Absolute Radio’s national listening is now digital which was the target set out in the Digital Britain report last year.

The industry average of just 21.1 per cent.

Christian O’Connell said: “I’m not sure how we got in here to be honest. Everyone is on their best behaviour in-front of the Speaker of the House! It’s one of the most surreal and most brilliant gigs I have ever been to.”

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