TEENAGE indie rockers MetroGnomes have stormed through the first round of a national battle of the bands.
Guitarist Danny Brown, 15, singer Toby Stephenson, 15, and drummer Harry Sampson, 15, and bassist Alex Sampson, 17, all met as pupils at Holy Trinity Academy in Holmfield, Halifax.
The Illingworth bandmates will play at Live and Unsigned’s West Yorkshire regional final after a successful audition at Huddersfield Town Hall.
It puts them in with a shot at the national final at London’s O2 venue.
Alex, who now attends Huddersfield New College, said: “It would be amazing to take stuff to the next level and to break out of Halifax.”
Prizes include £10,000 for development or publicity, and the best bands will land gigs at festivals across the world.
“Just to play at a festival would be brilliant,” said Alex.
“It would be a great experience.”
MetroGnomes, who are influenced by bands such as Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters, formed just over a year ago.
They began by playing covers but now have a raft of original material written and recently released their first EP, The Truth of Our Youth.
They have been busy making a name for themselves on the local gig circuit, coming joint first in a battle of the bands at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax, last October, and placing as runners-up in the Pudsey Bands in the Park competition.
They are also entering Martin House Hospice’s Centre Stage Competition this year, for a chance to play at the Leeds and Reading festivals.
The Live and Unsigned regional final is at Dewsbury Town Hall on Sunday March 31. Tickets cost £8 and are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through the band’s Facebook page.