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Music double up plan for town pub

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

15/01/13 Ben Brettell leaving Wetmore Whistle - Wetmore Whistle, Wetmore Road, Burton Wetmore Whistle, Wetmore Rd, Burton

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A BURTON pub renowned for its musical output is set to host two major events.

The Wetmore Whistle, in Wetmore Road, will host the third and biggest ‘Breaking Boundaries’ tour tonight and the venue will then host a battle of the bands competition later this year.

The first event will feature five of the leading lights of the wider Midlands unsigned rock music scene with Burton-based band THEIA hosting the town leg of the tour from 7pm.

THEIA have received generous praise for their live performances, and their debut video ‘We’re Alive!’ has had more than 3,000 views so far on YouTube.

The event will also support the charity ‘Rock Against Child Pornography and Abuse’, a growing resource that offers support, education and counselling to victims.

The band is asking people in the area to turn out and support this event.

Keith Lamley, manager of THEIA, said: “We are really excited and very proud to have been asked to organise this show, and to be involved with the tour.

“It demonstrates the talent that exists in Burton, and we are really hoping that lovers of rock music will turn up and show that we know how to party.”

Entry is free, although a donation of £1 per person for the charity is requested but is not compulsory.

More details can be found online at www.theiauk.com.

Later in the year, Deafbox Music is organising a battle of the bands competition at the venue.

Shaun Bunting, of Deafbox Music, said: “We’re currently looking for bands from Derbyshire and Staffordshire to apply.

“The winning band will win an ever-growing prize package which already includes £250 cash, the headline slot at Wetmore’s end of summer festival, a coveted trophy and the chance to work closely with us and be managed by us to take the band to the next level.”

The heats will take place on Friday, July 18, Friday, July 25 and Friday, August 1.

The final will be held on Friday, August 15.

The closing date for entries is July 1 and anyone interested in applying is urged to send a band summary, a Facebook link and demo to deafbox@hotmail.co.uk

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