Lo­cal rock­ers Pri­mal in with chance of a na­tional prize

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - NEWS - By Gareth But­ter­field gareth.but­ter­field@ash­bourne­new­stele­graph.co.uk

A PAIR of Ash­bourne mu­si­cians are in with a chance of win­ning a ma­jor prize after their band was short­listed in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Daniel Bigland and Rory Wil­son are mem­bers of Pri­mal, a rock band which has caught the eye of judges in the Fire­stone Road to the Main Stage com­pe­ti­tion.

The na­tion­wide tal­ent search stud­ied 600 bands and Pri­mal, which has only been formed as a band since last Au­gust, has reached the fi­nal stage and is one of just six bands in for the top prize.

If Pri­mal re­ceives enough votes, the trio could now go on to win £25,000 of mu­sic equip­ment, the use of a van for a year, stu­dio time and gigs on main stages across the UK.

Daniel said: “We have only been as a three-piece band for a year and have al­ready per­formed over 30 shows across the UK.

“We have re­leased two EPS with a third on the way, we have been fea­tured and in­ter­viewed by Dean Jack­son for BBC In­tro­duc­ing and re­cently per­formed as main sup­port for the Grammy Award-win­ning artist “Fan­tas­tic Negrito” prior to his Jools Hol­land ap­pear­ance.

“Our drum­mer Greg saw an ad for this com­pe­ti­tion on In­sta­gram and this would be such a big break for us in our mu­sic jour­ney.”

For­mer QEGS pupils Daniel and Rory met dur­ing their time at the Green Road school 15 years ago, and met their drum­mer, Greg later on.

The lads, who are now based in Not­ting­ham, have all been in dif­fer­ent bands such as wed­ding and metal bands and their clash of styles has proven pop­u­lar with their au­di­ences.

Daniel said: “It’s a real eclec­tic mix of dif­fer­ent gen­res, all com­ing to­gether.

“We were ini­tially just hang­ing out, plan­ning, play­ing and mak­ing ideas, but peo­ple seem to like what we’re do­ing, and we’ve re­ceived some amaz­ing sup­port.

“It’s been pretty crazy this last year, all built up out of nowhere.

“We all like go­ing to gigs as well, and tend to check out what­ever Not­ting­ham’s got to of­fer, which is a bit of ev­ery­thing.

“Big­ger bands tend to stop by Rock City while tour­ing the UK, so there’s been a lot of time spent there.”

Votes for the com­pe­ti­tion, which closes on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, can be placed by vis­it­ing fire­stone.road­tothe­main­stage.co.uk/meet-the­bands where each band, in­clud­ing Pri­mal, is listed with short de­scrip­tions.

Ash­bourne band Pri­mal pic­tured with With Dean Jack­son of Not­ting­ham’s BBC In­tro­duc­ing

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