TWO Ashfield bands who have fought off stiff competition from thousands of other artists are just one step away from playing at London’s O2 arena.
A Multitude of Sins and Xpo3 successfully competed in the regional heats of Live and Unsigned at Sheffield City Hall earlier this month and have now made it through to the North West England Area Final at The Willows in Manchester on 8th May.
And if they impress the judges in this round, one of the groups could go through to the national final at the O2 on 23rd July - with the chance to win a recording contract worth up to £100,000 and festival opportunities.
Alan Allsop, from the indie rock band A Multitude of Sins, has this week described how he felt when he found out that his band were going through to the regional finals.
“We were a bit shocked but the judges kept saying they want a band that has got characters,” he said.
“We just entered for a laugh - we have always said we would never enter one of those competitions because we have always just enjoyed playing.
“But we got a very good reaction from the crowds, especially when we played Pretty Vacant by the Sex Pistols. They were all singing.”
The band, whose members include Chris Evans, Richard Spademan and Jim Tennant, also performed their self-penned song Scumcity which is about knife crime.
Meanwhile, Kirkby boyband Xpos3, who count NDubz, JLS, Drake, Kanye West and Eminem among their influences, are also celebrating after securing their place in the regional heats.
Speaking after the event, band member Matthew ‘Matty’ Copeland (20) said: “We are a boyband and it was all rockers.
“But we soundchecked, then they called us on and we just did it - and everybody was going mad. It was brilliant.
“When they called out the results and they called us out, it was a really good feeling.”
The other members include Tom ‘TBaby’ Skuse (19) and Scott ‘ST’ Turner (20).
The former Ashfield School pupils have been in a band together for the past five years but they have only been performing this genre of music for the past eight months.
For details on the competition visit www.liveandunsigned.uk.com. For information on the bands visit www.x-pos3music.com or www.facebook.com/amultitudeofsins.