Teenage musicians from South Holland are ready for the biggest gig of their lives supporting one of Britain’s hottest pop-rock bands, The Vamps.
Cam Rickerby, from Holbeach, and Ed King, from Whaplode Drove, play in Sacred Nations, who landed runners-up spot in a Battle of the Bands competition in Norfolk.
Over four months, there were nine heats and two semi-finals before the big moment arrived. Nearly 40 bands were whittled down to a final six and Sacred Nations took second place.
But that feels like first place to the band, according to their manager, Cam’s dad Richard Rickerby, because the prize is supporting The Vamps at King’s Lynn’s Festival Too on Saturday, July 2 when thousands are expected to be in the Tuesday Market Place.
Their music is more in keeping with The Vamps so it’s the perfect prize.
Cam, the lead singer who also plays rhythm and acoustic guitar, said: “We play alternative rock, soft rock and pop rock.”
Sacred Nations took a big gamble by introducing a new bass player, Joe Schollar, from Huntingdon, at the last minute.
Music reviewer Jon Seymour described it as a bold move and said in his verdict on the final “it seems they’ve found that signature sound they’ve been searching for”.
Jon continued: “The lead guitar was more prominent, and layering jazz keyboard over rock songs actually works very well.”
Other bandmates in Sacred Nations are Dylan Gallager, from Peterborough, and Frazer Stanford, from King’s Lynn.
All of the bandmates are aged 17.
Cam studies music at Stamford College and Dylan and Joe study there too.
Sacred Nations rose from the ashes of Holbeach-based acoustic folk/pop band Fazed. A second teenage band spawned by Faze is Among the Citizens, who were finalists in the Norfolk competition.
Richard Rickerby said Sacred Nations and Among the Citizens wouldn’t be where they are today without the help of Triston Finnis, of Twisted Melon Promotions.