Drumming up huge success

The Ashes group - Mike Harrison, Ben Steel, Andy Halsall, Sebastian Jarno & Ben Hudson
The Ashes group - Mike Harrison, Ben Steel, Andy Halsall, Sebastian Jarno & Ben Hudson

A SOUTH ELMSALL band will battle it out in a national music competition after blazing through the first round.

The Ashes, a five-piece indie rock group, impressed judges at the Live and Unsigned auditions on January 23, and will now go on to compete in the regional final.

Pete Steel, 27, of Empire Street, is one-fifth of the group and said he is really excited about getting through.

The lead guitarist said: “It is great that we got though as there were hundreds of really good bands there on the day.

“But we were the first to be called so were over the moon.”

South Elmsall friends Andy Halsall, 25, Ben Watson, 22, Mike Harrison, 22, and Sebastian Jarno, 18, from Featherstone, make up the rest of the band.

They will now fight it out back at Sheffield City Hall tonight playing to judges from Kerrang, NME and Radio One for a spot in the semi-final.

The final takes place at The 02 in London, and overall winners of the competition will be offered a recording and management contract with Future Music, and a UK tour.

Mr Steel added: “We are confident and just hope to win as it would be a dream come true.

“It’s something we have always wanted.”

Live and Unsigned is the biggest original music competition in the UK for unsigned bands and artists, and is open to all genres of music.

It has attracted more than 50,000 entries in the past five years.

For more information log on to www.liveandunsigned.uk.com