Four bearded hipsters in boaters make up the new house band of the Lighting Design Awards, organisers have revealed.

The barbershop quartet Afternoon Delight has been named as the official musicians of the awards programme, and will provide customised musical ‘stings’ for each category of the awards.

The Manchester-based Internet sensation were ‘brought together by their mutual love of liquor and ladies’ say its members. The foursome use their caddish charm and love of barbershop harmony to remake and re-energise the songs that you wish that you’d forgotten from the 1990s and beyond. From Peter Andre to East 17, and from The Police to Jason Derulo, their repertoire is as eclectic as the group itself.

The video of the group singing a barbershop harmony version of the popular hit ‘It Wasn’t Me’ by Shaggy has received over 12 million views on Facebook and caused a surge in the band’s online media with over 40,000 new likes in a week.

The Mirror said ‘the four singers put an incredible spin on a reggae classic’ which Jonathan Ross described Afternoon Delight’s interpretation of ‘It wasn’t me’ as ‘a beautiful version of a dubious song’.

The band joins a stellar line-up which includes top US architect Daniel Libeskind, TV comedian Mark Watson and DJ Afishal.

The 40under40 list of talented lighting designers will also be revealed during the evening, which takes place at the prestigious London Hilton Park Lane on Thursday 4 May.

The official after-show party – complete with top bands – follows the presentation evening and continues to the early hours.

The shortlist of projects and products vying for the top honours has been unveiled and can be viewed at http://awards.lighting.co.uk/shortlist-2017/

To ensure your place – and reward clients, employees and suppliers with an unforgettable evening ​ – book your place now at www.lightingawards.com.

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