Kept in the Dark to switch on lights

A young rock band has topped this year’s Search for a Stevenage Star. Kept in the Dark, a six-piece aged 13 to 14, got the public vote in the Stevenage Leisure Park competition to find the best musical talent in the town.

The band has scooped �1,000 which they said would be invested in new equipment, a recording session and a slot at this year’s Christmas lights switch on in the town.

Guitarist Ollie Bishop from Aston, said: “We are so excited about the opportunity to get a full day in the recording studio for free. On the day we plan to record and perform our own tracks as well as a few covers from our musical influences - Muse, Foo Fighters and Elbow.”

The band beat over 50 acts after a storming performance of Muse’s Super Supermassive Black Hole at the live battle of the bands on the leisure park over the last weekend of July.

Park manager Warren Blanchfield, said: “Congratulations to Kept in the Dark for being crowned this year’s winners, they were up against some fantastic acts in the public vote. We wish all the Stevenage stars every bit of success in the future.”