Bands rock out at heat for a place in big final

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THE BEST of Bury’s bands are stepping into the spotlight tonight as heat one of the annual BurySOUND music competition kicks off.

Six bands are competing in tonight’s heat, being held at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, with the hopes of impressing the judges and making it through to the final – due to be held on November 4.

Last year’s winners, Twisted Piglet, will be headlining the final show.

Fresh young talent will be on display at heat one as an eclectic and diverse mix of musicians compete to make it through to the next round.

Just two bands will go through from tonight’s heat, with two more places up for grabs in heat two on October 22.

The Curhb, The Soft, Home Salvation, Danielle Scharpf, Cathedrals and Cars, and The If If Industry will be battling it out to win over the judges and secure a place in the final.

Simon Pickering, youth and community development officer at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, and competition promoter, said: “BurySOUND 2011 has a line up that we are really proud of because it shows the breadth of local young music talent that we have in the town.

“The line up is really varied with more folk, acoustic solo acts and electronic artists performing, so it should be a really interesting show case of local young talent and a great competition.”

Danielle Scharpf, 19, from Newmarket, will be performing as a solo singer and pianist.

She said: “I’m a bit nervous because I hear I’m up against a lot of bands but I’m really excited. It will be a really good experience.”

The BurySOUND 2011 winner will walk away with £250 vouchers for Soundsplus, recording time at The Shrubbery Café and Recording Studios, and 100 CD copies from Infallible Duplication.

Simon Glenister, Tunng drummer and founder of music technology educational enterprise, Noise Solution, will be a judge. He said that the competition is ‘an amazing opportunity’ for local talent.

Tickets for all three gigs are available from The Apex box office on 01284 758000 or from

Tickets cost £3 in advance, £5 on the door.