HE used to busk in Wimborne. But now James McVey is one quarter of the chart-topping pop boy band The Vamps, who are set for a major UK arena tour next spring.

Growing up in Wimborne, James was a regular on the local Bournemouth scene, which he believes has given him solid foundations for the rest of his career.

The 23-year-old guitarist says he is looking forward to coming back to his home town on Monday, April 16 to perform at the Bournemouth International Centre as part of the band’s 13 date UK arena tour in 2018.

It follows their biggest single ever, All Night, with 300 million global streams and a number one UK album.

The Vamps are Brad Simpson (vocals, guitar), James McVey (guitar), Connor Ball (bass) and Tristan Evans (drums).

The foursome shot to fame in late 2012 after meeting online and recording a number of cover tracks on YouTube.

But it wasn’t until this time last year, following a 12-month long world tour, that The Vamps shook off their One Direction comparisons and released smash hit All Night.

Since then they’ve amassed a legion of fans and show no signs of slowing down.

James was the only band member who was already being managed before the formation of the band.

He was raised with a sister named Sophie in Wimborne and has dated Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner.

Tickets for the Night & Day arena tour (with special guests Jacob Sartorius and New Hope Club) are on sale from 10am on Saturday, November 11.

n To book, call BH Live Tickets on 0844 576 3000, or go online at bhlivetickets.co.uk or visit the Pavilion/BIC box office.