Bands set to do battle

Life Coach Jax Cadger (right) with YMCA members busy organising a Battle Of The Bands competition at the centre in Toward Road, Sunderland

Life Coach Jax Cadger (right) with YMCA members busy organising a Battle Of The Bands competition at the centre in Toward Road, Sunderland

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GUITAR heroes are lining up to take part in a battle of the bands.

Unsigned groups will be rocking the Bonded Warehouse in Sunderland, on Saturday. Last Band Standing will see seven up-and-coming acts compete for cash prizes.

The event has been organised by youngsters from the Connect Yourself programme, with Youth at Risk.

“We really enjoyed it,” said Anthony Loughlin, 19, from Pallion. “And it’s helped us develop skills like teamwork. We hope it goes well.”

Youth worker Jax Cadger said: “Some of them would not even have made telephone calls at the beginning of this. It has really boosted their confidence.”

Taking to the stage, between 8pm and 1am, will be The Bolts, The Pavestones, Chilled Confessions, 1943, Exit Plan, Indigo Vertebrae and Ray Van Hustle.

Gentoo deputy director Peter Harrison, the Echo and a representative from music venue The Bunker will turn X Factor-style judges for the evening to decide on a winner and two runners-up.

The young people secured funding for the event after braving Sunderland’s own Dragons’ Den.

Budding businessmen and women pitched their ideas for a battle of the bands to a panel of judges at the East Community Centre in Hendon, who held the key to £4,000.

The city dragons included Peter Harrison; Simone Common, service manager for Sunderland City Council; and Paul Blackburn from the SAFC Foundation.

Money raised at the event will be split between charities Help for Heroes and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Tickets cost £3.50, and are available by calling Karen on 07792 815 704. Any spare will be sold on the door.

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