Looks like he loves them as much as they love him...

MORRISSEY gave his seal of approval to THE ORDINARY BOYS yesterday (August 29) at the CARLING WEEKEND: LEEDS FESTIVAL with a very special gesture.

Unlike most of the bands over the weekend, the indie icon insisted on playing on a closed stage, refusing to allow any pass-holders to watch his performance from the side of the stage.

That is, apart from two people; his nephew, and Ordinary Boys singer Preston. The invitation came after a summer of support for the newcomers, inviting them to play at his Meltdown festival in London and at his homecoming at Move in Manchester.

A delighted Preston told NME.COM “It was such a nice little gesture. I’ve spent most of the day with Gary Day, Morrissey’s bass player who’s a real musical hero of ours. He’s one of my favourite bass players because he brings a real rockabilly element to Morrissey’s sound, so I think he might have put in a good word for us. I’m led to believe that Morrissey likes us.”

The former Smith delighted crowds by opening his set with his former band’s classics ’How Soon Is Now’ and ’There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’.

For Preston, the chance to watch his hero up-close was ended a great summer on a high. “It’s really good because I think we’re quite an easy band to get along with, we’re making loads of friends so it all comes in handy. I made friends with A today, and they’re probably the nicest lads that I’ve ever seen in my life, so I’m gonna go and look at them later with open ears. Just over the summer we’ve made really good friends with Kasabian and on the NME Tour we made really good friends with The Cribs and The Zutons. We bumped into The Cribs yesterday and it was really good to see them. It’s really good how you make these friendships and then when you start to almost forget about them you see them again at a festival like this.”

Earlier in the day, the band stormed the Radio 1 stage: “I think that’s when your music gets across to more than just your own fans, you get music across to people who have vaguely heard of you and think they might like you so they come and give you a chance, so that’s why festivals are really good.”

They will continue touring for the rest of the year, and have already begun writing songs for their second album: “We’ve written quite a lot of music but I haven’t started on the lyrics yet,” said Preston. “I’m waiting for some inspiration!”