An Eastwood-based band has won a prestigious music competition – and landed a place at Splendour Festival performing alongside Kaiser Chiefs and Busted in front of 30,000 people.
Brotherhood – Ant and Matt Green – have been making a living out of performing for 17 years, and now hope their latest booking is going to catapult them into the big time.
The brothers, who live in Newthorpe, had just performed at Rock City nightclub in Nottingham with the five other finalists when they heard they had won.
Ant said: “It felt insane. I can’t put it into words. It was brilliant. We’re so, so excited to be doing it. Totally buzzing.
“We’re both massive fans of Kaiser Chiefs and Busted and have seen them both live, so to be performing with them on stage is going to be amazing.”
The pair entered Nottingham’s Future Sound of Music competition, which attracted 70 entries.
Listening to recordings, a panel of industry experts whittled the number down to 14.
The semi-finallists were put to a public vote.
The top six acts were then invited to play in a live gig at Rock City, where the winner was determined by onlooking judges and a meter-reading from the audience reaction.
Ant said: “We all came back on stage and they read the result in reverse order.
“We had a big fan base in the crowd as well and they were as ecstatic as we were.
“There was just an eruption when they called our name.”
Ant, aged 45, started to sing in bands in his 20s when his younger brother was still at school.
However, it was only when the brothers formed a band together that they managed to make a full time living out of it.
Ant said: “We both loved music and when Matt finished school we thought if it was just the two of us we could make a living out of it because it’s less people to pay at the end of a gig.
“Within six months we had enough work and quit our day jobs.”
The brothers do about 180 gigs a year, performing in pubs, nightclub, holiday parks, and private functions, such as weddings and Christmas parties.
They have even lived and worked in Ibiza for five years.
Ant said: “We were offered to do one season in the pre-party bars and it turned out to be five seasons.”
They have written and released one album called Occupational Hazzard, which is possibly now being re-released off the back of the band’s recent success.
Ant said: “We mainly do pop rock covers like The Killers, Snow Patrol and Ed Sheeran, but it was our original material that was judged for the competition, which is great.
“We’ve now had several offers to re-release it nationwide and we’re in talks with three or four companies, but we’ve been advised to wait until we’ve done Splendour, because there might be more offers on the table, due to who we’ll meet there and so on.”
The brothers are hoping Splendour Festival will be the platform they need to raise their profile.
Ant said: “Out average audience is 200 or 300 a night and this is up to 20,000, so it’s massive for us.
“We’ve already had our profile raised just from winning as well, because we’ve featured on BBC Introducing and Radio Nottingham.
“It’s given us recognition for our original material which is great.
“We’re fully booked for this year now and are having to actually turn work away.
“It’s taken us another step up the ladder into a different category.”
Ant said he would now love to be offered to support an act in a UK arena tour.
Ant and Matt were born and raised in Heanor, and moved to Newthorpe in 2004.
Splendour Festival takes place at Wollaton Park on July 22.
Brotherhood will open the festival with the first performance for a 30-minute set at 12.30pm.
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