As Gary, Louis, Nicole and Sharon were deciding which acts to put through to the X Factor live finals, a Leighton band was proving they certainly had plenty of talent too.
Vandyke students Josie Derland, Karl Rushby and Seb Cridland came up trumps as their band, Barricade, beat off 10 other acts to be crowned Show up, Show off champions.
Central Bedfordshire Council’s talent competition was organised to celebrate the fantastic talents of young people in the district.
More than 200 people came to cheer on the acts at Dunstable Conference Centre, which included singers, dancers, a magician and bands.
Barricade, all aged 16, had already gone through a first heat and had won a one-day workshop in Dunstable to hone their skills before competing in the final.
At those auditions they had impress professional singer Natasha Andrews (front person for the band Chicane) and drummer Craig Hendry (who has played with the likes of 5ive and The Wanted).
And after scooping the top prize of a day in a recording studios and a video made to showcase the song, Josie said: “ All of us would like to congratulate the young people who entered the competition; the standard was extremely high and we were pleased to have won.”
The band – who play a combination of folk and blue grass music including their own compositions – is now looking for gigs to enable them to play in front of more live audiences.
Craig Hendry, head judge, said: “Young people are our future and their talents should be shown off! We felt it was important to share with everyone from Central Bedfordshire the amazing talent young people have in our area. Show Up, Show off was an event supported by young people from Central Bedfordshire’s Youth Parliament and was attended by over 200 spectators at the final.
“It’s great to have events like this to celebrate our young people and recognise their immense talents.”
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