Derby Band Prepare For O2 Final Performance

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Date posted: 11 May 2011

Band 'Fires and Fireplaces' from the University of Derby will be performing alongside N DUBZ, Tinchie Stryder and Kate Nash, at London's O2 Arena after a storming performance landed them a spot in the final of one of the UK's biggest music competitions.

The student band - whose members got together after they did the same music module for their different Derby courses - made it through the auditions stage and regional final of Live and Unsigned 2011 in style and are now preparing for the final on Saturday July 23.

On their performance in the regional final, the judges, who included Nigel Clarke (the lead singer of Dodgy), and Alex Baker from Kerrang Radio said: "Fires and Fireplaces were hugely entertaining! Catchy and engaging plus original. A collective image and all performed as one did everything on the tin!"

The group are now just one performance away from winning a £50,000 recording contract with Future Music; the chance to tour Australasia, Asia, America and Europe; and a slot at a leading European music festival. Runners-up will win the chance to become the support act for major tour bands or recording time in some of the UK's best music studios.

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Fire and Fireplaces' line-up includes brothers Chris (lead guitar and vocals) and Simon Marles (guitar and vocals), Adam Clouston (drums), David Jackson (lead vocals) and Mark Andrews (bass guitar). The band got together after they did the same music module for their different Derby courses.

David Jackson, lead vocals, said: "We smashed it, and received some amazing feedback from the judges. Out of 10,000 bands we are down to the last 40 and we're just one performance away from a record contract and tour which is amazing."

For more information about the competition visit For some of the bands tracks you can listen on You can also follow Fires and Fireplaces online on Facebook. or watch a video of their latest performance on Youtube.

A former student of Buxton College, which is part of the University of Derby, also made it to the final after getting through the North West Region Final in Manchester.  Lucy Spraggan, who completed an NVQ in Public Services at the College in 2010, will perform her individual blend of acoustic pop, folk and rap at the final at the O2 on July 23.

Good luck to both acts for the final!.

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