AN up and coming St Helens band has scored big at one of the country’s largest music competitions.
Enemies for Friends sailed through the audition stage of Live and Unsigned and now move on to the regional final.
They will now perform in front of thousands of spectators and a professional judging panel, including music experts from Kerrang and NME Radio. The winners get the opportunity to play support slots with a selection of major headlining acts.
Enemies for Friends are a three piece band from St Helens - Thomas Murray ( guitar and vocals) Lewis Sanderson (bass guitar and vocals), and Rebecca Birchall (drums).
The alternative band cite Billy Talent, Canterbury, and Muse as their inspiration.
Live and Unsigned is the biggest original music competition in the UK for unsigned bands and artists.
Attracting over 50,000 entries in the past five years, it has set itself apart from its predecessors by offering and promoting originality.
Event director Chris Grayston said: “Live and Unsigned is all about originality, live ability and credibility.
“We don’t accept demos or submissions and everyone auditions live. We’ve got some fantastic prizes up for grabs this year in a £100,000 prize pool, so there are lots of opportunities for everyone entering. Plus the Live and Unsigned Festival means 2011 will be the biggest competition yet!”
All the acts in the competition are battling it out for the chance to play at the Live and Unsigned Festival at the 02 in London.
The overall winner of the competition is offered a recording and management contract with Future Music with an investment of up to £50,000.
Previous winners of the competition include Kiddo 360 who went on to pick up a Vodafone Live Award, B-Kay and Kazz who broke into the top 30 charts and last year’s winners were The Lottery Winners and Underline the Sky who also won the ‘Road to V’.