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New chapter for Leicester band ‘Easy Life’ who bite back with new name and single

The Leicester band formerly known as Easy Life have changed their name to Hard Life, following a threat of legal action by the brand owners of airline EasyJet.

EasyGroup was set to sue them last year because their name was too similar.

EasyGroup has said it would have been “unfair” to let the band use the Easy brand name without royalty payments.

In a statement at the time, easyGroup founder and chairman Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou labelled them “brand thieves”.

The band, formed in 2017 has has had two top 10 albums. They initially hoped to fight the case, which they said would cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, but were forced to concede defeat, realising essentially it was “David vs Goliath – and our British legal system favours Goliath”.

They played their final show under their old name at KoKo, in London, on 13 October, telling their fans afterwards: “Thanks so much for celebrating our story with us”, adding: “See you later, maybe never.”

However, last night (Tuesday, June 11), the band announced their new name ‘Hard Life’- and a new single called ‘Tears’.

Announcing it on social media, they said: “Hey it’s been a while. Safe to say the last nine months haven’t been easy.” Part of the video was included in the social media post.

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