Redstar on the rise in band competition

Calderdale band Redstar are through to the regional Live and Unsigned final. Picture by Jordan Green
Calderdale band Redstar are through to the regional Live and Unsigned final. Picture by Jordan Green

A CALDERDALE-based band have stormed through the first round of the country’s biggest unsigned music competition.

Redstar, who practise in Sowerby Bridge, wowed judges at their audition for Live and Unsigned 2012 in Manchester.

Lead singer Will Bloy, 29, from Huddersfield, said: “When we came off stage the sound engineer said: ‘Thank God you guys came in, we’ve been waiting for someone like you.’”

Now they have landed a slot in the next round at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on April 14, when they will battle it out for a chance to play at the grand final at London’s O2 arena.

Prizes include £10,000 to spend on development or publicity, and the best acts will also get the chance to play at festivals across the world.

Will said: “Hopefully we will blast through this next round.”

His bandmates are bassist Tim White, 32, from Ripponden, drummer Shayne Whitton, 35, from Mixenden, guitarist Johnny Green, 32, from Elland, and keys player Joe Leadbeater, 21, from Huddersfield.

They describe their “Brit rock” sound as “high octane, thunderous drums, fresh funked-up synth, driven lead bass lines and screaming, menacing guitars, held together by darkly evocative lyrics”.

Tickets to the regional final cost £8 and are available from Will by emailing willbloy@hotmail.co.uk.

Visit www.myspace.com/theredstarrevolution to hear their tunes.