Twister on the brink

East Durham band Twister
East Durham band Twister
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A BAND on the brink of fame is using its talents to help others.

Twister will be showcasing their latest string of songs on stage at a special gig this month.

And the quartet – Stevie Stoker, 20, Jonny Kell, 20, Larry Sharo, 20, and Karl Stott, 18 – are hoping to help give other budding bands a boost by giving them a spot on stage.

A host of other young bands from across the region, including Splitsecond, whose members are 12 years old, will join them on stage at Sunday’s gig. The event is part of Twister’s nationwide tour to promote the release of their second single Charlie’s Fallen.

Frontman Stevie, of Shotton Colliery, said: “When we were starting we got help from other bands and we always said we’d help out other young bands who are up and coming if we got the chance.”

Twister’s generosity does not end there; the gig at Durham’s Gala Theatre will also raise cash for a series of worthy causes.

Half of the money raised will go to Help for Heroes, with the rest being split between other local charities. Cash raised through single sales is also being donated to the causes.

“We’ve got a couple of mates who are away in the forces and that’s why we wanted to raise money for Help for Heroes,” Stevie said.

“It’s a big charity and there’s a lot of support for it so we thought it would be a good one to choose.”

To date, the band has already raised £1,200 through single sales and previous gigs.

In September, the band fought off fierce competition from more than 12,000 groups to secure a place in the finals of national competition Surface Unsigned. The lads narrowly missed out on the top spot but scooped second place at the finals at London’s O2 Arena.

Stevie said: “That was really good for us and we ended up going on tour with the winning band who we became good friends with.

“After that we wanted to keep up the momentum so have been doing a lot of promotion.”

Tickets to see Twister perform at the Gala on Sunday, May 29, are £10 from 332 4010.

* Twister’s single can be downloaded from iTunes. For more information, visit