Sunderland band High Anthem on shortlist for Arena contest

IN THE FINAL: Sunderland band High Anthem, from left Anthony Fish, Simon Spoors, Dan Stevens, Jack Herron, and Adam Snaith, are in the final of Metro Radio's Big Audition.
IN THE FINAL: Sunderland band High Anthem, from left Anthony Fish, Simon Spoors, Dan Stevens, Jack Herron, and Adam Snaith, are in the final of Metro Radio's Big Audition.
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A CITY band is hoping to land its biggest gig yet after making it to the final of a contest to play Metro Radio Arena.

Pop punk band High Anthem is one of 10 bands down to the final of Metro Radio’s Big Audition.

They’ll battle it out against the other finalists on April 30, at Newcastle College’s Performance Academy.

The winner will perform at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on December 7, alongside chart-topping acts.

Last year’s line-up included Ed Sheeran and Nicole Sherzinger.

Bassist and backing singer, Simon Spoors, said: “We auditioned with our original song, Hello, and we flew through it.

“There’s not really a lot of music like ours around here.

“We saw the opportunity and decided to go for it – if you get the chance to play to 10,000 people you’ve got to.

“It’s a massive dream for everyone in the band and it would just be phenomenal. It’s not a chance that comes along very often for an unsigned act.

“It would open a lot of doors for us and get our name out to a lot more people, which is really what we’re hoping for.”

It’s a massive dream for everyone in the band and it would just be phenomenal. It’s not a chance that comes along very often for an unsigned act.

Simon Spoors, bassist and backing singer

As part of the contest, the band has to raise as much money as they can for Metro Radio’s charity Cash For Kids.

Simon, 24, from Silksworth, added: “We’ve got a couple of gigs coming up to raise some money and our guitarist, Anthony Fish, has been busking as well.

“We’re also going to try to organise some fund-raising events in clubs.”

Tickets for the Big Audition final cost £8. To book, contact the band at www.facebook.com/HighAnthemBand. To make a donation towards fund-raising, go to metro-bigaudition.everydayhero.com/uk/high-anthem

Tickets for Metro Radio Christmas Live cost from £25. To book, go to www.metroradioarena.co.uk