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One Night Only frontman George Craig is Britain’s most talked-about young rock star. He spoke to Mark Butler about scoring hit singles, becoming a style icon, and his relationship with Harry Potter star Emma Watson.


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s a thirteen-year-old schoolboy growing up in the quiet, rural town of Helmsley, George Craig was stuck for things to do. In


order to pass the time he joined a fledgling guitar-pop band with his mate’s brother, and began to write some songs. While the music world’s gaze turned to the emerging Yorkshire


indie hubs of Leeds and Sheffield, Craig and his friends juggled homework and exams with jamming sessions, and played gigs at the somewhat low-key venue of Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall. But how times change. Seven years on Craig’s band One Night


Only are one of the UK’s hottest young acts, and the lad from North Yorkshire is the rock star everyone is talking about. The 20-year-old has fronted a hugely successful international


fashion campaign for Burberry, found himself named by GQ as one of the best-dressed men in the UK, and been romantically linked with Harry Potter star Emma Watson – with the pair being hounded by photographers at Glastonbury this year. “All the attention from the paparazzi has been weird and it’s a


completely new realm for me,” said Craig. “It’s been crazy. “It’s just the way it is though. It’s what I expected. Emma said,


‘People are going to ask you a load of things and hound you a bit’, but that’s what comes with it. I’ve got to just accept that.” The singer and guitarist insists that he and Watson, who first


met on the Burberry shoot, are just friends – an assertion that the tabloids have been swift to cast doubt on. Their appearance at Glastonbury caused a stir but it was the


actress’s role in One Night Only’s smart, amusing video for single Say You Don’t Want It that really fueled the gossip. Particularly the moment where Craig licks the Hollywood star’s face. He said: “Me and Emma are just good mates and we wanted


to do something fun together. It was a big adventure to go out to New York and have someone like Emma on board. She’s a really big fan of the band, and it was something different for her and something new for us.” The success of One Night Only, emerging as they have done from


a picturesque market town not known as a hotbed of rock and roll, is a result both of their catchy, instant pop tunes and their savvy use of the internet. In 2007 the band made a video of themselves merrily hanging


about in the pubs, tea-rooms and fields of Helmsley and it became a MySpace sensation. Several months later, debut album


“It’s been weird seeing my face on billboards in Hawaii.”


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