MAVERICK Paul Cammock is hoping for competition glory.
The guitarist, from Peterlee, is celebrating after making it through to the regional finals of Live and Unsigned.
The competition is the UK’s largest national music competition for unsigned acts and bands.
Paul has only just started performing again after a long break out of the spotlight.
The 36-year-old got a big thumbs up from the judges in his audition and is excited for the next stage.
“I was absolutely buzzing when they told me I was through. I had the biggest smile on my face.
“I’m looking forward to the regional finals and keeping my mind set on performing the best I can there.”
Paul started playing the guitar when he was 12 and has always dreamed of performing on the big stage. He is aiming to go into the next round with a lot of new material.
“It’s like someone has just turned a tap on in my head and I just keep thinking of new stuff.
“I have to write it down immediately so that I don’t forget it.”
If Paul progresses to the national finals then he will fight it out to win a host of prizes.
They include studio recording time, £10,000 cash to spend developing their act and a range of festival slots.
Chris Grayston, events director of Live and Unsigned, said: “Live and Unsigned is about originality, live ability and credibility.”
The competition has been running since 2007 and has about 10,000 entrants each year with the final held at the 0² in London.
Paul said: “I would love to play there, it would be an amazing experience, but I’m focusing on the regional final as that comes first.”