For most, reading news about Hard-FI comes with a quick double-check to make sure that they are in fact reading about the band in the present tense. Yet whilst the London-based indie group may have fallen out of favour with the press in the last few years, they remain resolutely popular with the UK's football fans, the group's tune 'Living For The Weekend' apparently one the most played songs in football grounds around the country. Presumably only on weekends.
As such, the country Football Association have moved to announced that Hard-FI will be headlining the pre-match entertainment for its prestigious FA Cup Final, this year competed between Liverpool and Chelsea. Speaking to the NME, the group's front man Richard Archer said "We can finally say that we've played Wembley Stadium and it will be a fact," going on to quip about his local team "It's a shame Brentford won't be there...I think we got knocked out back in 1967."
Among the other acts to play on the day will be fellow lad rockers The Enemy, who somewhat bizarrely will be playing on the roof of the famous stadium in their own Brian May-moment. Careful boys, that's a moveable roof. bassist Andy Hopkins expressed his concerns, saying "I'm not that good with heights, which could be tricky," he said, before adding: "I can't imagine there'll be any crowd up there," should feel right at home then!