Bands battle it out - on line-up of major festival

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Rock talent from South Yorkshire schools will share the bill with The Undertones at an upcoming festival.

Five-piece Lexi and the Black Ties, from Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster, and duo Molly & Fletch, from Sheffield College, triumphed in the regional heats of this year’s AMP Awards, which saw bands from several schools rival one another for a place on the line-up at this weekend’s Willowman Festival in North Yorkshire

The grand final of the AMP Awards will be judged at the festival, which kicks off today and runs until Sunday.

The AMP Awards is a music and enterprise competition for pupils and teachers from schools across Yorkshire, offering them assistance from business sponsors, mentors and music industry experts. As well as musical performance the competition gets pupils involved in managing live performance events including marketing, design, health and safety, hospitality and merchandising.

Lead singer Lakpreet Kaur, from Lexi and the Black Ties, said: “It’s pretty amazing how we’ve gone from nothing to playing a big festival like Willowman.”

Each of the finalists will perform 15 minutes of original material at the Willowman Festival, in front of a panel of judges. The winners will be announced from the stage after judges make their deliberations.

The young bands will be performing on the same bill as punk pop legends The Undertones, reggae stars Misty in Roots and veteran dance music act Stereo MCs. Other acts on the bill include The Beat, James Taylor Quartet, The Real People and former Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley.

Steve Williams, festival director of The Willowman Festival, which is now in its seventh year and has gained a national reputation for offering an eclectic line-up of both new and established artists, said: “We are proud to give a high profile platform to the AMP Awards, which rightly highlights that - as well as performance - there is a whole industry behind the scenes that make things happen.

“The standard was very high last year and we are looking forward to another cracking final.”

The bands will vie for the 2016 title along with, Fail the Enemy from Bradford, Psycho Spoons from Leeds and Two Tone Rust from Harrogate.