Local band has a chance at Glasto

Rick Nesbit, Deana Smile, Reece Burton and Gary Bartholomew who make up Cookie Jar
Rick Nesbit, Deana Smile, Reece Burton and Gary Bartholomew who make up Cookie Jar

A HOME-GROWN band could be heading to Glastonbury next year after beating stiff competition in a regional contest.

Cookie Jar, which was only formed last year, is one of 12 groups playing in the Battle of the Bands contest at the Winter Garden in Eastbourne on Friday, February 24.

The band beat almost 100 other groups to make it to the competition, and if they come out on top against the remaining dozen, will have the chance to headline this year’s inaugural Sharnfest, to be held in the grounds of Sharnfold Farm, near Eastbourne on Saturday July 7 and play at Glastonbury in 2013.

Cookie Jar will have just 15 minutes to win over the crowd at the upcoming Battle of the Bands competition.

Last year they played in front of Slade’s Noddy Holder and Radio One DJ Annie Nightingale in a battle of the bands in Brighton. called Live And Unsigned.

Reece Burton, singer and songwriter for the group, said: “More than 100 bands across the region entered and we got to the top 12.

“To enter we sent our EP in containing four of our songs recorded at Broad Oak Studios in Little Common.”

The took its name from American singer-songwriter Jack Johnson’s song, Cookie Jar.

The group’s music is mainly acoustic rock.

Reece, 42, of Marina, St Leonards, said: “We only formed the band last year when it was just me and drummer Gary Bartholomew.

“Now we have Rick and Deana who plays the piano. “I wrote all of the songs and have written enough for a whole album but we have only recorded four in the studio.

“We are hoping to release the album by May under the record label Big Village Records. “