Red make it to Live and Unsigned competition regional final

A TEENAGER from Louth and three bandmates have tasted success after their band made it to the regional final of a national music competition.

The Red consists of vocalist Joshua Johnson, 18, from Swineshead, drummer Jack Simpson, 18, from Bathley, guitarist Sam Lowther, 18, from Louth, and bassist Josh Wilkinson, 21, from Cherry Willingham.

The group has made it to the Regional Final Showcase of the Live and Unsigned competition on March 31 at Dewsbury Town Hall where they could win the opportunity to progress towards the Grand Final at Live Fest at The O2 in London.

Joshua described the result as amazing.

He said: “It is re-assuring to know that important people in the music industry like our sound.

“We are determined to build on this confidence boost, work hard, have fun and enjoy the experience”.

The Red formed 18 months ago when the lads, all music students, were at Lincoln College.

They have performed across the county including the Tabby Road Lovefest Music festival hosted by Lincs FM presenter John Marshall.

They have also toured London performing at Camden Lock and Market and have busked in Trafalgar Square and on the Southbank near London Eye.

They were even interviewed about the Royal Wedding by American news station CBS while busking.

The band have self-financed an album and recorded further singles.

Other prizes in the Live and Unsigned competition include a £10,000 cash prize, a further £10,000 publicity investment, gigs in upto 30 festivals around the world and a UK festival tour including the Norfolk Spectacular, Boardmasters, Strawberry Fields Festival, Brownstock, London Summer Jam, Bingley Music Live and Butserfest.

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