MANY bands have a story about their big break but most probably do not involve cleaning toilets.

Viola Beach's frontman Kris Leonard was working as a cleaner when a friend sent him a text about BBC Introducing.

The Salisbury Street resident had not heard of the BBC's support service for undiscovered and unsigned artists before and so he uploaded one of his band's tracks called Love My Love on the spot.

That spot happened to be Warrington Guardian's office toilets in Bridge Street.

"I was cleaning the toilets at the time," said Kris.

"But I uploaded it there and then. Then a couple of weeks later we were on BBC Introducing in Merseyside."

Viola Beach have been championed by BBC Introducing since and will reap the rewards over the bank holiday weekend when they perform at Reading and Leeds Festival.

The four-piece will play on the BBC Introducing stage which has seen sets by the likes of Jake Bugg, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Rae Morris over the years.

Kris, a former Lymm High School pupil, added: "We're excited and a little nervous but we're just treating it as a normal gig on a much larger scale."

Viola Beach will also be releasing their debut single, Swings and Waterslides, over the same weekend.

"It's great exposure for us," said Kris, who is hoping to see Hidden Charms and Clean Cut Kid on the BBC Introducing stage and Alt-J on the main stage.

"We've had talks with most major labels and some of the independents too. We're also looking forward to the festival itself as we've discovered bands there in the past."

Kris formed Viola Beach with drummer Jack Dakin after bumping into him at Warrington bus station.

The pair both went to Bradshaw Primary School in Grappenhall but had lost touch.

Kris met guitarist River Reeves on a music course at Priestley College and met bassist Tom at The Lounge in Springfield Street.

The Lounge was also where the band played their warm up show before making their debut at Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club on July 15.

Kris, aged 19, said: "To play in this historic venue in front of all these industry people was a wake-up call.

"We had someone there from SJM Concerts who are now promoting our shows for us."

Viola Beach have also had airplay from Huw Stephens on Radio 1, Steve Lamacq from 6 Music and Jo Good at XFM.

And Kris, Jack, River and Tom have now teamed up with Communion Records founder and producer Ian Grimble for a series of new recordings.

Ian has worked with the likes of Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling.

"We like to get the drums right first," added Kris.

"Music for me is something primarily to dance to so if you can't dance to the drumbeat we start again.

"Our music comes from a lot of different places. River's guitar style is influenced by blues music and Jack likes 80s beats and samba beats."