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PowerSurge band members Ben Keast, Josh Henson, Will Beavis, James Bailey and AJ Thomas

PowerSurge band members Ben Keast, Josh Henson, Will Beavis, James Bailey and AJ Thomas

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A YOUNG rock band are on the cusp of stardom as they get set to battle it out for a place in a national talent contest final.

PowerSurge, made up of five boys from the Bourne area, will give the performance of a lifetime in a regional final showcase to secure a spot in the next round of Live and Unsigned.

The winner of the heat will go through to the national final at the 02 in London. The national winner gets a UK tour, a recording contract and the chance to appear at festivals.

Will Beavis, Ben Keast, James Bailey, Josh Henson, all 12, and AJ Thomas, 13, have high hopes for the future of the band which formed about two years ago.

Drummer Will said: “It was amazing when we got told we had got through especially when we had seen so many acts older than us get rejected.”

The band members, pupils at Bourne Grammar School and The Robert Manning College, were a hit with judges at auditions in Bedford on Sunday when they performed one of their own songs.

The competition attracts more than 10,000 acts every year.

Will said the band were aiming for the stars.

He said: “We all hope to get through to the final. Playing at the O2 would be a dream come true - and winning the whole competition would be life-changing.

“We all want the band to keep moving forwards and this competition means that we get a real chance to show people that we are capable of competing with older bands and performing as well as they do.

“When I grow up I want to be doing what I do now but getting paid for it.”

Will’s mum Rebecca is the band’s manager. She said: “It is fantastic. To have accomplished what they have so far is amazing.”

Mrs Beavis is the music co-ordinator at Bourne Westfield Primary School, where the band members met.

PowerSurge will perform in front of hundreds of spectators and a professional judging panel at the Live and Unsigned showcase regional finals at Bedford Corn Exchange on Saturday, April 2.

They will play their own original material and a cover song. Their influences include You Me At Six, Blink 182 and Green Day.

Rebecca said: “They have worked so hard to get where they are. This is a huge opportunity for them.”

Live and Unsigned is the largest national music competition for unsigned original musicians and bands .

The winner of Live and Unsigned Festival at the O2 will be offered festival slots, a UK tour and a music management recording contract with Future Music.

PowerSurge won the under 12 section of Peterborough Has Talent in 2009 and last year they played at the O2 Academy Birmingham as part of a competition run by Music For Youth.