Local band have eye on the prize

BIG TIME: Cleckheaton based band the Syndicates are through to the regional final of Live and Unsigned 2011.

BIG TIME: Cleckheaton based band the Syndicates are through to the regional final of Live and Unsigned 2011.

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indie rockers the Syndicates have their eye on the big time after progressing to the regional final of a talent competition.

The Live and Unsigned competition is for bands across the country competing for a place in the grand final at London’s 02 Arena, The winner receives a £30,000 investment in their music and the chance to take part in a world tour.

The Syndicates, comprising five former Whitcliffe Mount Pupils, were praised by the judges for the confident way they spoke to the crowd during their two-minute set where they played their own song, Let Me Go. The song has already been viewed over 1,000 times on Youtube.

Manager Sharron Gledhill said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that some people in the music industry recognise their talent.”

The lads – singer Tom Hill, vocalist and rhythm guitarist Adam Darnborough, guitarist Andy Stanway, drummer Tom Brancker and bassist Jack Beever – are looking forward to performing at the regional final in March.

Tom said: “It’s a great opportunity for our band and we are just taking each round as it comes.

“We’re confident with our sound so if we can continue to make good music we should have plenty of great material to show at this event. Let’s hope we can get through the next round and see what happens.”

Since forming over a year ago, while still at school, they have carved out a name for themselves on the local circuit.