A SWISS indie rock band is to journey 600 miles from its homeland to a Kidderminster venue to show how important grassroots music is.

The 05:40s will travel from Montreux, Switzerland, to 45 Live next month in its second British tour.

It is trying to raise the profile of Swiss rock music and honour the special feeling grassroots music has on people.

Keyboard player, vocalist and songwriter Julian Anthoney, who lived in Derbyshire before moving abroad in 2014, said the tour would show off all that is great about Swiss rock music.

“Swiss music doesn’t have a big profile in the UK but the 05:40s is aiming to change all that,” he said.

“We’re serious enough about our second trip outside Switzerland to be travelling 600 miles to the UK with a self-funded tour so British audiences can see us in person.

"Connecting with music audiences at grassroots venues in towns like Kidderminster is really important to us.”

Julian said the tour would allow the 05:40s to show off hits including Run, a song about breaking free from a doomed relationship before moving on with life.

With a heap of music in its repertoire, the UK grassroots tour will also see in locations around Stoke, Coventry and Derby.

Kidderminster and Worcestershire has a special musical bond for those in the band though.

“We have huge respect for the amazing music so many British towns have created over the years,” said 05:40s drummer Luca La Ragione.

“Let’s not forget that Worcestershire has a strong music heritage itself as the birthplace of artists like John Bonham and Harry Styles. See you down the front at 45 Live!”

The 05:40s will perform the set at 45 Live with local support The Mess They Left Behind on Thursday, May 2.