Sheffield music fans’ bid to beat winner’s single

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FOUR Sheffield bands are among the final 20 groups bidding to be the UK unsigned band which will compete against The X Factor single for the Christmas number one slot.

City groups Abandoned Faith, Chayser, Southcliff and Undercurrent Crusade have been included on the shortlist for a public vote.

Thousands of groups from across the country entered the Band Crusade competition, set up by Wes Metcalfe, from North Anston, Tom King, from Waterthorpe, and Adam Jessop, from Wincobank.

Wes said: “This is a crusade to get UK bands back into the UK charts and give the public the opportunity to choose a hardworking band, that write, perform and create their own material from start to finish.”

Their website – Band Crusade – has showcased unsigned bands giving people the chance to vote for their favourite.

Voting on the website will run until Saturday, December 1.

Once a winner has been chosen their track and music video will be recorded and released in time for the Christmas music charts.

But The X Factor bosses have hit back, saying anyone who campaigns against their single getting to number one will be depriving charities of money.

A spokesman said: “All they’ll be doing is starving a charity of cash.”