Derby's Fires and Fireplaces to compete for record deal

Fires and Fireplaces
Image caption Judges said the band had "a collective image and did everything on the tin"

An unsigned band from Derby are one performance away from winning a £50,000 recording contract and a world tour.

Fires and Fireplaces, whose members met while studying at the University of Derby, are into the final of the national Live and Unsigned contest.

The indie five-piece will compete against 39 other acts for the lucrative prize at London's 02 Arena on 23 July.

They have already beaten off thousands of rival groups and artists to progress through the local and regional finals.

The unsigned acts will be joined by established performers including Kate Nash, N-Dubz and Tinchy Stryder.

Festivals around the world

Judges at the regional final in Bedford described the band as "catchy and engaging" and "hugely entertaining".

In the final, artists will compete in four genre categories with an overall winner named at the end.

Victory would see the band win a £50,000 recording contract, funding for a UK tour and the opportunity to perform at festivals around the world.

The competition has been running for five years and past winners include The Detours, Kiddo 360 and The Lottery Winners.

Lead singer David Jackson said: "We smashed it and received some amazing feedback from the judges.

"Out of 10,000 bands we are down to the last 40 and we're just one performance away from a record contract and tour, which is amazing."

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