Young band gets a leg up

PUBLISHED: 11:44 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010

Andy Wright receives the winners trophy from Richard Holden

Andy Wright receives the winners trophy from Richard Holden

OVER 100 youngsters danced the afternoon away at the Battle of the Bands in Sandy on Saturday. The competition, which was part of the Sandy Summer Festival, attracted five local bands in the auditorium in Sandy Upper School. Revellers had to endure a hot

OVER 100 youngsters danced the afternoon away at the Battle of the Bands in Sandy on Saturday.

The competition, which was part of the Sandy Summer Festival, attracted five local bands in the auditorium in Sandy Upper School.

Revellers had to endure a hot afternoon and throughout the competition consumed over 50 litres of soft drinks that had been donated by the local Budgens store which sponsored the event.

Groups battled it out for the top honours with each playing on stage for 45 minutes in front of the judges Ken Lynch, chairman of the Biggleswade and District Pensioners' Association and local resident, and Richard Holden who represented the Champions of Youth Group at Mid Beds District Council.

The eventual winners were Biggleswade group Last Leg Standing with Pretty Basic, also from Biggleswade, runners-up.

"It was a very close competition but we felt Last Leg Standing was an outstanding group," said Mr Lynch, who also helps organise many youth events in Sandy and Biggleswade.

"We were particularly impressed by the amount of original material the groups played and they had worked very hard writing their own music and lyrics. All the bands were great crowd pleasers.

"The event was a great success and was a shop window for youth bands in Sandy and Biggleswade."

The next Battle of the Bands will be held in September.

Last Leg Standing, made up of five friends, all pupils at Stratton Upper School, will be putting their £50 prize money towards recording their first album which will be out in August.

Leader of the group Andy Wright, 16, said: "We all have ambitions to go into the music industry and with the help of my guitar tutor Simon Wilkins, who has a studio at his home in Biggleswade, we will be recording our album.

"We have been going for two years after starting up while we were all in Year 10 at school and have always written our own songs."

The name of the album will be Unfortunate Dreams and Andy added: "We will be working hard to make sure it is a success.

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