Band delighted with competition success

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A YOUNG BAND has scooped second place in an international competition taking away thousands of pounds worth of prizes.

A YOUNG BAND has scooped second place in an international competition taking away thousands of pounds worth of prizes.

Dorey the Wise was the last act to take the stage in the final round of Surface Festival at the Indigo O2 Arena in London, up against 28 bands from across Europe, whittled down from an initial 20,000 entrants.

Aidan Tigwell, 21 (vocals), Chris Georghiou, 20 (vocals, guitar), Mason Holmes, 21 (bass) and Elliot Lampitt, 17 (drums), impressed the judges on Saturday, September 29, with their unique take on indie pop music.

Surface Festival is a competition which promotes new musicians of all ages, backgrounds and genres.

Entries are from bands across Europe with shows taking place in 16 cities.

The band has won prizes including a four day tour, with gigs in Birmingham, Manchester and London, travelling on a bus used by artists such as Kid Rock, Moby, Snoop Dog, and Gorillaz.

This is in addition to a drum kit, guitar, free album release, T-shirt merchandise, and much more, to help set them up for success.

Aidan said: “This has been an amazing experience for us, we didn’t think that when we started this journey six months ago that we would be playing at the O2, or that we would be in with a chance of winning a prize.

“We want to thank all the people that have supported us either through their text votes or coming along to the Surface gigs - we couldn’t have done it with them.”

Aidan and Mason are from Hastings, while Chris and Elliot are from Battle, and throughout the competition they have taken a coach-load of fans with them to the live performances.

Dorey the Wise was formed in 2011, and since then the band has played at numerous local events.

These include opening the Saturday night at this year’s Hastings Beer and Music Festival, performing at the annual Beatles Day at the White Rock Theatre and taking up residency as house band at Walkers bar in Robertson Street.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/doreythewise.

“This has been an amazing experience for us , we didn’t think that when we started this journey six months ago we would be playing at the O2 Arena.”

by Hannah Collisson

hannah.collisson@jpress.co.uk