VIDEO: Warsop band Roger The Mascot through to O2 Arena Grand Final

WARSOP indie band Roger The Mascot have made it through to the final of a national competition at the O2 Arena in London.

The band have been battling it out during the early rounds of the Open Mic UK contest and are now the only band left flying the flag for Nottinghamshire.

The three-piece, who will be joined by a new lead guitarist next spring, have received interest from a couple of record companies and have recently recorded a 10-track album.

Bass player Matthew King admitted they didn’t take the competition too seriously at first but will be going all out to wow the judging panel, which includes legendary Radio One DJ Annie Nightingale.

“We went into it to just have a bit of a dabble and see what happened,” Matthew (25) said.

“We’ve recorded an album already and got some record companies interested in us so are doing pretty well. The competition is a bit of a bonus.”

Matthew describes Roger The Mascot as a very energetic, upbeat, alternative indie band with a comedy twist. They are also looking to add a saxophone player to the ranks in the new year.

Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Daniel Vardy, like Matthew, is from Warsop, while drummer Jamie Pickering has now moved to Mansfield,

To make the grand final on 19th January, the boys got through a regional showcase in Sheffield and then came out on top in the area final at Dewsbury Town Hall last month.

Over 9,000 acts from across the country have taken part in this year’s Open Mic UK event.

The competition has three categories; under 16, 16-20 and 21 and over. The overall winner will receive studio time and £5,000, the runner up £2,500 and the remaining age category winners get £1,000.

For more information visit www.openmicuk.co.uk.

To find out more about Roger The Mascot and listen to their tracks search for them on YouTube, Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter.

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