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Bourne band Albion reach national contest final

Bourne band Albion, who are in the national final of the MMG Battle of the Bands competition EMN-140707-152116001

Bourne band Albion, who are in the national final of the MMG Battle of the Bands competition EMN-140707-152116001

Indie rock band Albion are gearing up for their biggest challenge - the MMG Battle of the Bands.

On July 19, the Bourne-based group will compete in the national finals of the competition at The Camden Barfly, in London.

The five-strong band of vocalist Harry Preen, 18, bassist Sam Harding, 17, drummer Caleb Carver, 17, rhythm guitarist Richard Gledhill, 18, and lead guitarist George Ramsay, 18, are all students at Bourne Academy or Bourne Grammar schools.

Harry said: “To make it into the national finals is crazy, considering our age and the fact that the first round was actually our first proper gig together.

“It is unbelievable to see the support that people have shown us, for which of course we are massively grateful.”

To get to the finals the band had to face three rounds of competitive gigs to showcase their talent, including the East Midlands regional finals at The Shed in Leicester.

Spurred on by their success at the regional finals, Albion recorded their debut EP ‘These Are Holy Days’ at world famous Monnow Valley Studios, in Wales. The EP shot into the top 100 new releases on the iTunes Chart.

Hundreds of bands entered the MMG Battle of the Bands competition. But the finals will see just six bands compete for the title of 2014 winner.

The event will give all of the bands a chance to be presented to industry with the possibility of being offered management and/or development deals - of the seven bands that performed at last year’s finals, three were offered management/development deals.

For more details go to www.albionband.com or www.facebook.com/albionmusicuk.

 

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