YOUNGSTERS rapped, strummed and sang their way to stardom as a battle of the bands contest sorted out the talent for a musical extravaganza in North Yorkshire.
New five-piece band Interference romped to an unexpected win in the Northallerton heat of the music showcase after performing together for just three weeks. A judging panel of their peers voted them the best performers out of 13 bands, a soloist and a rap artist.
The band will now get the chance to perform at the huge Festival 06 spectacular due to be staged at Stonecross Fields in Northallerton later this week (July 6-8).
Caroline Patmore, the County Council's executive member for children's services, said: "The music showcases have provided an ideal opportunity to discover some of the prodigious talent this county has to offer. I can't wait for the festival to begin."
Lead guitarist Ed Taylor, 14, of Osmotherley, said: "I can't believe we won. We have only had four rehearsals so it's fantastic to beat such good bands."
Music showcases have been staged across the County with the best going on to perform at the festival in front of an audience of thousands.
The music showcases have provided an ideal opportunity to discover some of the prodigious talent this county has to offer
Caroline Patmore - County Councillor
The event, staged by North Yorkshire County Council's youth arm, connecting youth culture (CYC), will see a rich mix of music, dance and drama. Last year almost 4,000 young people aged 13-19 converged on Harrogate to enjoy what has grown into the County's premier festival.
Organised by CYC, in partnership with Hambleton District Council, the festival is designed to provide a creative platform for the County's young people offering them the chance to explore the arts including dance, visual arts and music.
- Hitting the high notes: Pictured are the members of Interference (left to right) - Ed Taylor, 14, of Osmotherley, John Lawson, 17, of Hartburn, Stockton, Matthew Padbury, 15, of Osmotherley on drums, Patrick Kirk, 14, of West Harlsey and Stuart Austin, 14, of Osmotherley.