Bands do battle in national competition

NILABE110730a2, Ilkeston band A traditional goodbye have got into semi finals of antional competition. Chris Corbett, Paul Depadova, Curtis Ainsworth and Conor Brooks.
NILABE110730a2, Ilkeston band A traditional goodbye have got into semi finals of antional competition. Chris Corbett, Paul Depadova, Curtis Ainsworth and Conor Brooks.
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AN ILKESTON band’s plan to be crowned winners in a hard-fought battle of the bands competition is looking even more likely as the hopeful quartet prepare for the semi-finals.

Pop-rockers A Traditional Goodbye are now in the final 60 bands in the UK after a gruelling seven months playing in the Surface Festival heats

Dreaded Monkey

Dreaded Monkey

Five winners of the regional final, to be held on August 28 at The O2 Academy, Birmingham, will go on to the national final at London’s O2 Arena and the boys are now just one step away from making this dream a reality.

Drummer Paul Depadova, 26, said: “I’m buzzing, to be honest. This is what I live for.

“This is the biggest venue any of us have ever played.”

Dreaded Monkey, with members from Ilkeston, Heanor and Eastwood, are another band battling it out at the same gig.

Tom from the band said: “We are all totally honoured to have got this far in the competition.

“We really owe it all to our awesome fans who we could have not got this far without.”

For tickets, including a coach to and from the venue, call 0115 930 6204 or 07961965313.

To vote for A Traditional Goodbye text ‘midlands 3126’ to 64343, or ‘midlands 3118’ for Dreaded Monkey.

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