Lads could perform under same umbrella as Rihanna

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THREE bands with local members are a gig closer to touring top festivals across the UK this summer.

Amplified, Bullet Tooth and The Red are through to the next round of Live and Unsigned after playing their hearts out at the regional final.

They will now battle it out at the area final in the Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford, on Sunday, May 13.

Amplified are hoping writing their own song will clinch the deal – worth £10,000 in cash and publicity and a Live and Unsigned tour. Three of the boys – Liam Stone (lead guitar), Joe Scholar (guitarist) and Bradley Caston (drummer) – attend The Deepings School in Deeping St James.

Bullet Tooth are also excited about taking part in the area final. Local band member is Tom Waite, of Spalding.

Judges from Radio One, Kerrang and Choice FM will also see The Red, whose lead singer is Joshua Johnson, of Swineshead.

More than 10,000 acts entered nationally and the winners of Live and Unsigned 2012 will appear on tour in 15 top festivals across the UK. There could even be an additional international festival in Sweden, playing alongside alongside Rihanna, Bloc Party and Enter Shikari.

In addition to the winners’ tour, there are more than 100 festival slots being given away as the competition makes the journey towards the grand final at The O2 on Saturday, July 14.

Event director Chris Grayston says getting this far is a real achievement. He said: “When you consider the amount of entries we had it’s a big deal to have got to this stage and be just one performance away from fulfilling the dream of performing at the O2 – one of the best music venues in the world”.

This year’s competition also offers acts an extra chance of exposure as it is being filmed for Sky TV in an exclusive fly-on-the-wall documentary, Live and Unsigned: Uncut.

For more information and tickets, visit www.Liveand Unsigned.UK.com