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Battle of the Bands triumph for Bourne’s Albion

Bourne band Albion have won the judges votes the east midlands final of the MMG Battle of Bands. From left, Sam Harding, George Ramsay, Harry Preen, Caleb Carver and  Richard Gledhill ENGEMN00120130208102257

Bourne band Albion have won the judges votes the east midlands final of the MMG Battle of Bands. From left, Sam Harding, George Ramsay, Harry Preen, Caleb Carver and Richard Gledhill ENGEMN00120130208102257

Last Saturday a Bourne-based indie rock band won a national Majick Music Group (MMG) battle of the bands competition.

Albion, who were the youngest band in the competition, played in the battle against five other unsigned bands from across the UK held at the Camden Barfly in London.

The five-strong band is made up of vocalist Harry Preen, 18, bassist Sam Harding, 17, drummer Caleb Carver, 17, rhythm guitarist Richard Gledhill, 18, and lead guitarist George Ramsay, 18. They are all pupils at Bourne Academy or Bourne Grammar School. Bass guitarist Sam said: “It went really well and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Afterwards we went to the backstage area and met a lot of contacts, so hopefully we will be talking to them soon.”

To get to the finals the band underwent three rounds of competitive gigs, including the East Midlands regional final at The Shed in Leicester.

During the competition Albion recorded their debut EP ‘These Are Holy Days’ at the world famous Monnow Valley Studios, which has since entered the top 100 new releases on the iTunes Chart. They also won an array of prizes including musical equipment.

Vocalist Harry said: “It was a fantastic evening and hopefully the start of even bigger things to come.”

 

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