A GROUP of young performers from Eastbourne are through to the next stage of the Live and Unsigned competition.
Laurent Judson, 20, Sam Marodza, 22, Robert Moth, 21, and Peter Ray, 24, make up The Blues Evergreens.
Sam said, “We are a group of young ambitious British musicians bringing the blues back to life in this lost modern age and to expand its beautiful dexterity to all reaches of class, age or status.”
The band was formed about a year ago, and within months took part in battle of the bands – finishing third overall.
Sam said, “It was great considering the timescale, to top that off we also won an award for the best cover song and since then we have played many shows in Eastbourne at the Prince Albert, Crown and Anchor, open mic nights and jam nights all around town.
“Although we have played many pub gigs, our main focus has always been writing original music and during our three hour sets we would always sneak in a few original songs. As time went on we started to see the punters were more in love with our original music that the covers we were doing.
“We take pride in our song writing and when other people see that and acknowledge it, it makes it all worthwhile.”
National completion Live and Unsigned is Blues Evergreen’s latest challenge and last month they played at The Guild Hall in Portsmouth.
The band had a brilliant time but didn’t make through on the judges vote. However, they were given an award for the best original song and can still make it through to the big final at the O2 on a public vote.
They are now calling for the people of Eastbourne to get behind them.
Sam said, “Making it to the O2 arena means everything for us.
“It is every musicians dream to play a big stage and be recognised for their hard work and talent.
“Winning this competition will not only do that for us, but it will allow us to make music for a living and to live our dream – day in day out.”
Supporters can vote for the band by texting wildcard565 on 84222.
The four hopefuls are only one round away from the big final in London at the O2 arena on July 14.