A band featuring two music students from the University of
Wolverhampton are set to perform at London’s O2 Arena after
reaching the finals of a national competition.
The Stacks are through to the grand finals of Live and Unsigned,
the UK’s biggest competition aimed at unsigned bands, after beating
off tough competition from over 10,000 hopefuls.
The band includes Second Year BA (Hons) Popular Music student
Ben Monaghan, 19, from Nuneaton, on electric guitar and backing
vocals and 20-year-old James Dudley, from Bedworth on drums and
percussion, who is in his first year of the same course.
They describe their music as acoustic/indie/rock and their
influences include the lyrics of Jamie T, the aggression of the
Arctic Monkeys, the bluesy guitar lines of Stevie Ray Vaughan, with
the acoustic twist of Kings of Leon and The Coral.
As well as performing at the O2 Arena in front of a sell-out
audience, The Stacks are in with a chance of winning a recording
Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, Steve Cooper, said: "What a
fantastic achievement for the band. Performing at the O2 in London
will be a great thrill and provide valuable experience of
performing at one the premier venues in Europe."
Ben Monaghan, from The Stacks, said: “This summer has been great
for us, we’re really excited about the O2 gig, whatever the
outcome, we’ve got a mini tour in Glasgow too at the end of August;
we can’t wait to play.”
After the initial audition The Stacks performed at a regional
final to over 500 people at Leamington Spa's 'Royal Spa centre' to
get them through to the Area Finals at the Bedford Corn Exchange.
Only nine acts out of 45 went through to the O2 stage of the
competition from the Midlands.
The final of Live and Unsigned will take place at the O2 on
Saturday, 10 July 2010.
The students are from the School of
Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, based at the University’s
The band is currently working in a music studio on original
music and performing shows around the Midlands.
For more information about The Stacks, visit http://www.myspace.com/thestacksuk
For further details about Live and Unsigned, go to http://www.liveandunsigned.uk.com/
Picture: The Stacks, from left to
right, Ben Monaghan, Dan Smith, James Dudley and Jimmy Russell.
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