A GROUP of heavy-rock teens have two reasons to celebrate this weekend.
Five-piece band Memoria have not only secured a place in the next stage of a national competition, they are also filling a slot at one of the country’s leading rock festivals.
Memoria have made it through to the area finals of Live and Unsigned, the UK’s largest music competition for unsigned artists and will also play Cockermouth Rock Festival this summer.
It’s a fantastic birthday present for drummer Tom Orchard, who is 17 today, while the rest of the Washington lads are also celebrating their success.
Tom, a student at Sunderland College, said: “It’s just fantastic. It’s surreal really.
“They said there will be prizes for the people that get through to the area finals and one of the judges was one of the organisers of the festival and they said it would be good for us to do it because our music was suited to it.
“Then we got an email saying we would be playing the main stage,” added Tom.
The Cockermouth Rock Festival, Cockrock 2012, will be held in Cockermouth from July 20 to 22 and the boys will be taking to the main stage to deliver their brand of heavy rock to Cumbria.
The band will be sharing a stage with high-profile acts such as The Subways, Buzzcocks and Tinchy Strider.
Tom said: “Out of all the prizes it’s the one we would have chosen ourselves.”
Other band members are 19-year-old Matt Hewitt, who is lead singer, Luke Morgan, 18, on lead guitar, Jordan Gregory, 16, who plays bass and new addition to the group, Adam Blenkinsop 17, on rhythm guitar and synths.
Tom said: “It’s been a really great few weeks for Adam. He only joined the band a couple of weeks ago and now he’s in the area finals with us and playing a music festival.
Tom thinks the group has a good chance in making it through to the next round.
“At the regional stage our music was quite different to other people’s and they obviously liked us because they gave us the prize of playing in the festival.
“A few weeks ago we were playing in bars and clubs and now we are playing a festival with all these famous names.”