Local bands up for recording contract

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TWO bands created in Boston have made it through to the regional final of a competition which could see them land a management contract and £100,000.

Town-based Blues Boy Kings and Spalding-based Romantic Idols wowed the judges of the Live and Unsigned competition, a UK music contest for unsigned bands which looks at original bands.

Both bands will now be competing in the regional finals on Saturday, April 2, at the Bedford Corn Exchange.

They will play in front of a judging panel of media and radio professionals including NME Radio and Kerrang.

The best auditions will also get the opportunity to support a selection of major acts.

The Blues Boy Kings are made up of Jason North on vocals and guitar, Samantha North on vocals and bass, Mark Barratt on drums and percussion and Phil Aldridge on organ.

They have a history in local bands including the Jason North Blues Band and Local Heroes and have just released their remastered album Back to East Shore.

Romantic Idols was created in Boston College and have played around Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, including the Lincolnshire Battle of the Bands 2011.

They consist of Gareth Heath on vocals and guitar, Clementine Cousins on drums and Ben Casserley-Gill on bass.

If they get through they will be competing in the final at the Live and Unsigned festival at the O2 arena in London.

They will play in front of thousands of spectators and celebrity judges such as former Slade frontman Noddy Holder, R’n’B star Shola Ama and BBC Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale, Ras Kwame and Tom Deacon.