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Origin London, England
Genres Rock, alternative rock, Britpop
Years active 1999–2008
Labels Sony Records
Universal Records
Taste Media
Past members Johnny McDaid – vocals and guitar
Bryan McLellan – drums
Bruce Gainsford – guitar
Gavin Fox – bass
Simon Walker – bass

Vega4 was a four-piece alternative rock band formed in London. Johnny McDaid was the band's lead vocalist and songwriter, joined on guitar by Bruce Gainsford. Gavin Fox was the band's bassist and Bryan McLellan the drummer.

McDaid is from Northern Ireland and Fox is from Ireland, McLellan is from Canada and Gainsford is from New Zealand.[1] Vega4 was signed to Columbia Records in the UK, Epic Records in the US, and produced two albums, You and Others produced by Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party) and "Satellites" produced by John Cornfield and Ron Aniello.[2] The band played at the 2007 SXSW festival.

Vega4 premiered in the United States when its single "Life Is Beautiful" was featured in an episode of Grey's Anatomy and in the One Tree Hill episode, "Prom Night at Hater High". "Life is Beautiful" also featured in the 2010 film Streetdance, and previously in 2008's comedy film, Sex Drive. [3]

Vega 4 also was featured on Paul Van Dyk's hit Time Of Our Lives in 2006.

Vega4's song "You and Me" was used by RTÉ 2FM to launch the station's new look and lineup. The band completed its first US tour in April 2007 in San Diego, California. Vega4 had been touring with Augustana for the previous several weeks. The band received much media attention in the US, with major radio support for "Life Is Beautiful" and the rumours of Gainsford's on-again, off-again romance with Scarlett Johansson. The band disbanded in 2008.[4]


Formation and Satellites[edit]

McDaid and Walker formed Vega4 in 1999,[1] adding Gainsford and McLellan through mutual friends. The band signed with indie label Taste Media in 2000, setting up distribution deals with Capitol Records in the U.S. and Festival Mushroom in Australia for their 2001 debut EP, Caterpillar, and the follow-up full-length, Satellites. Despite heavy touring and promotion, the album was not a success,[5] and Vega4 went into a period of dormancy while extricating themselves from their various contracts.[6]

You and Others[edit]

In 2006, Walker left Vega 4 while former Idlewild bassist Gavin Fox joined. Vega4 signed with Columbia Records in the U.K. and Epic Records in the U.S., which promoted the single "You and Me" somewhat disingenuously as the band's debut. The following single, "Life Is Beautiful," gained exposure through its use in episodes of the TV series Gray's Anatomy and One Tree Hill. Vega4's second album, You and Others, was released in the fall of 2006 in the U.K. and the summer of 2007 in the U.S.[7]




  • Caterpillar (demo, 2000)
  • Better Life (2001)
  • Drifting Away Violently (2002)


  • "Sing" (2001)
  • "Radio Song" (2001)
  • "Love Breaks Down" (2002)
  • "Drifting Away Violently" (2002)
  • "Better Life" (2002)
  • "Time of Our Lives", with Paul van Dyk (2003)
  • "You & Me" (2006)
  • "Traffic Jam" (2006)
  • "Life Is Beautiful" (2006)


  1. ^ a b "BBC - Going Out in Bristol - Vega4". Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Vega 4 - Interview @ Designer Magazine". Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  3. ^ ""Life Is Beautiful"2006: Vega 4 The Pop History Dig". Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Pop History - "Life is Beautiful"". Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vega 4 Biography & History AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
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