Panel impressed by rock musician

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A Hoghton musician has made it through to the finals of a national competition.

Alex Danson and his Blues Rock band, Moist, has taken the judging panel of the UK’s biggest original music competition, Live and Unsigned, by storm.

More than 10,000 acts entered nationally, for a chance to perform at London’s O2 Arena, scoop the £10,000 main cash prize, and go on the Live and Unsigned festival tour.

Acts taking part in the live Area Final Showcase will have the chance to perform to a professional judging panel, including judges from Radio One, Kerrang and Choice FM.

This year’s competition also offers acts an extra chance of exposure as it is being filmed for broadcasting on Sky TV in an exclusive fly-on-the-wall documentary, Live and Unsigned: Uncut.

Event director of Live and Unsigned Chris Graystonsaid: “When you consider the amount of entries we had this year it’s a big deal to have got to this stage, and be just one performance away from fulfilling the dream of performing at The O2, one of the best music venues in the world.”

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• Live and Unsigned is the biggest original music competition in the UK for unsigned bands and artists. Attracting over 40,000 musicians to enter this year, it has set itself apart from its predecessors by promoting originality. It’s established as the definitive music competition for original acts and it’s open to all genres of music from Heavy Rock to Rap.