Sunderland band MoonRunners reaching for the stars + MUSIC TRACK

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STUDENTS want your help to get Sunderland another band in the national music limelight.

With Frankie & The Heartstrings and The Futureheads, Sunderland has a history of producing successful groups.

Jordan, of Moonrunners

Jordan, of Moonrunners

Now MoonRunners want Wearsiders to back them to enjoy chart success.

They are Sunderland University’s only act in an online battle of the bands competition, hosted by Student Beans.

MoonRunners are made up of music students Jordan Deehan, 19, Nathan Hughes, 19, both from High Barnes, Owen Morgan, 19, from Seaham and Michael Greatbatch, 18, from Tunstall.

If they win Battle of the Bands 2012, they will get to play at June’s Beach Break Live Festival, in South Wales.

Dizzee Rascal is a headliner at what is one of the biggest student music events of the summer, reaching an audience of two million people through 90 universities.

Formed in 2009, MoonRunners are determined to do the region proud.

“It would be a great achievement for Sunderland University,” said lead singer Jordan.

“A lot of people always put Sunderland down, but if we won, it would remind people that we can produce quality music.”

She added: “A band with a female lead is not that common in the North East, so hopefully we will stand out.

MoonRunners are no strangers to the music scene, having already built an online following.

After winning a previous Battle of the Bands, they are set to support McFly on April 14, at the Newcastle 02 Academy.

Debut single Mirrors is also anticipated for next month. Visit for more information.

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MOONRUNNERS are well-placed in the online Battle of the Bands competition.

Over the weekend the Wearside-based group shot up from 11th place to second in the charts.

However, with 1,393 votes, they are still some way behind the leaders Fingertrap, from University of Glamorgan, whose song Return If Found has been backed more than 5,600 times.

Other bands vying for the titles are Don’t Fret, from the University of St Andrews, with The Sea Is Only Distance; Faith D, of Kingston University, with Stop It; and Juno, from Brunel University, with Johnny Bigspuds.

Voting ends on April 2. Vote for MoonRunners at them at