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With less than a month to go until the Reading finals of Live and Unsigned, the competition is hotting up.
Among those rehearsing in garages tucked away in the town are pals Reece Mowlem from Twyford and Angus White from Caversham, otherwise known as The Obvious Stare.
The teenagers, who both go to Leighton Park School, are hoping they will be the ones chosen to go through to the grand final at the O2 arena.
At 14 and 13 years old, they are among the youngest in the competition, which has no age limits or categories.
“We would probably describe our sound as acoustic pop with the occasional hint of rock,” says 14-year-old Reece, who names Ed Sheeran and James Morrison as their key influences.
“When we first found out we had got through to the regional finals we were ecstatic.
“We couldn’t believe it.
“It was quite a surprise because we knew how tough the competition was. It was the best day of our lives.”
The guys made it through the first round of auditions at Sub89 in Friar Street on Sunday, March 4, playing their original song composition Gentle Dove.
They are hoping their youthful energy will make them stand out from the crowd in the next round.
The regional final will be played out in front of an audience of around 400 people at Sub 89 on Sunday, April 15, with music industry judges deciding who makes it one step closer to their dream performance at the O2.
Also competing to put their name, and Reading, in spotlights, is five-piece band Burnt Tomorrow.
With their blend of folk rock, likened to Frank Turner and The Levellers, the Reading band are looking forward to their next go in front of the judges.
“The first audition was great,” says guitarist and vocalist Simon Driscoll, pictured.
“It’s very weird because you only have two minutes to play a song and get over your whole sound.
“Doing your whole act in two minutes is quite a struggle, but it was an interesting way to do it.”
The band formed two years ago after Simon bagged an impromptu gig and needed help filling the performance space.
“I was doing solo gigs around Reading and came back to play at Reading Uni,” he says.
“I thought this is quite a big stage so I spoke to a few friends I was in a band with a few years ago and it went from there.
“There were three of us and then towards the end of the year we got our other guitarist involved and then last year we got JP [Fleuret].”
With JP on board, along with Katie Cooke, Tim Cooke and Gabriel De Tena, the band began gigging around Reading and they’ve now set their sights on the big time.
“To be honest my absolute goal is just really to play in the O2,” says Simon. “We want as many people as possible to know our songs but we just love playing.
“Having a great venue like that where we have seen all the bands we love, it would be fantastic.”