Amplified hope to sound out O2 Arena in London

Amplified, from left, Joe Scholar, 13, Bradley Caston, 13, Liam Stone, 13 and Michael Firko, 15
Amplified, from left, Joe Scholar, 13, Bradley Caston, 13, Liam Stone, 13 and Michael Firko, 15

A BAND of teenagers are hoping to rock their way to the O2 Arena in London for the final of a national competition.

Amplified, based in the Deepings and Peterborough, made it through to the regional final of the Live and Unsigned competition at a heat in Bedford on Sunday.

The quartet, who have been together just a year, impressed judges with their seamless mix of two covers, Feeling Good by Muse and Live and Let Die by Wings.

Lead singer Liam Stone, 13, bassist Joe Schollar, 13, drummer Bradley Caston, 13, all from Deeping and lead guitarist Michael Firko, 15, from Peterborough, are now busy writing their first original song for the next round.

If they make it through the regional final, which takes place on May 13 at the Bedford Corn Exchange, they will perform on stage at the O2 Arena in London.

Anna Firko, mother of guitarist Michael, who helps manage the band, said: “They are enjoying the journey and are really looking forward to the next round.

“They were thrilled to bits that they got through because there was so much competition. They were overwhelmed by it. Writing an original thing is a new step for them and a new challenge, but they are up for it.”

Liam, Joe and Bradley are all pupils at The Deepings School, while Michael attends the Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough. Mrs Firko said the boys are enjoying playing on stage and are growing in confidence as they perform.

Visit www.facebook.com/ukamplified to listen to their music and find out more.