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Burton band come out on top in competition

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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THE winners of a battle of the bands competition have been announced.

Deafbox Music's Battle of the Bands competition, which was held at the Wetmore Whistle, in Burton, had been running for several weeks in a bid to find the 'best of the best' bands in the area.

The overall winners of the competition were Burton-based Mario's Nicotine Parlour.

A spokesman for the event said: "The band who describe themselves as 'scrap rock' really put on amazing performances through the heats, and were unanimous winners in the grand final.

"The band, made up of Rhys Knight, Jack Skellett, James Chester and Jack Mines, started in 2012 and perform original songs, written by members of the band.

"They've played a range of gigs around the area and are now looking to use the success of winning the competition to play further afield.

"On winning the competition, the band were rewarded with a £250 cash prize, a trophy and the chance to work closely with Deafbox Music in order to help them progress as a band and reach their potential."

The competition started on July 18 and featured heats running every week, leading up to the final, which took place on August 15.

The competition saw 14 bands competing, coming from across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.

Each heat was judged by three judges using a very structured criteria.

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