Belper band through to final


belper band Riptide have wowed the judging panel of the UK’s biggest original music competition and sailed through the audition stage of Live and Unsigned.

Riptide will now be competing against the most talented bands and artists in the country at the Regional Final Showcase of Live and Unsigned 2012 – all in a bid to make the Grand Final at The O2.

Riptide battled against hundreds of auditionees to secure a spot in the live shows. Acts that made it through auditions will now take part in a live Regional Final Showcase in front of hundreds of spectators. The best acts will also get the opportunity to play at some of the biggest festivals in the UK from over 100 Festival slots including Beach Break Live, Boardmasters, Bearded Theory, Strawberry Fields and Osfest.

Will Hughes, bass guitarist from Riptide, said: “The audition was a lot of fun! We’re delighted that we have made it through to the regional final. This is something we never thought we’d be taking part in but we’re looking forward to competing.”

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. It’s now established as the definitive music competition for original acts and it’s open to all genres of music from Heavy Rock to Rap.

Acts will be competing for the main prizes which include; £10,000 to be spent on development, a £10,000 publicity investment, gigs at festivals in Canada, Italy and Latvia, a UK tour of up to 100 shows and a UK festival tour including guaranteed slots at Norfolk Spectacular, Boardmasters, Strawberry Fields Festival, Brownstock, London Summer Jam, Lancaster Music Festival and Butserfest.

Riptide are now preparing for the Regional Final Showcase on April 14 at The Riverside Centre, Pride Park, Derby, for the opportunity to progress towards the Grand Final at Live Fest at The O2 in London.

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