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Rockers win place at festival

PUBLISHED: 10:35 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 11 August 2010

Last year's festival

Last year's festival

DAGENHAM indie rockers Lost and Found have scooped joint first place in a Battle of the Bands Competition. The feisty foursome, who were formed from students from Sydney Russell School, won the chance to play at the Liberty Live music festival which takes

DAGENHAM indie rockers Lost and Found have scooped joint first place in a Battle of the Bands Competition.

The feisty foursome, who were formed from students from Sydney Russell School, won the chance to play at the Liberty Live music festival which takes place in Liberty Shopping Centre next month.

Lost and Found were one of sixteen acts to enter the competition and battled it out with the best of the bunch at the live final in Music Tek music studios on June 14.

Will Isbell, lead vocalist and guitarist with the band, said: "We are still in total shock. The competition was really tough and we genuinely didn't expect to get through, let alone be crowned one of the winning acts.

"It's an amazing opportunity and will be the most high profile gig we've done to date. It's not every day you get the chance to play in front of thousands, not yet anyway."

The band hoisted the first prize along with Brentwood's Urban Reverb who wowed judges with the catchy riffs and strong performances.

Urban Reverb have been playing on the local music scene for the last two months, however, members Johnny Wilson, Steve Nussbaum, Richie Strockl met and formed the band seven years ago before Johnny moved to Bournemouth.

Recently, the band was reunited and when they played their first gig at an open mic session, they met their newest band member Matt Everingham.

Johnny Wilson, lead vocalist with the band, said: "We're so surprised that we won. On the day it went well for us but the other bands we saw were all so good. We've never had the chance to play in front of so many people before, so we're really looking forward to it."

For their efforts both bands have won a spot on the main stage of the Liberty Music Festival just like last year's winner - Francesca Bassenger, who was on this year's judging panel and has been invited back to play at the festival next month.

Four other acts impressed the judges and will have the opportunity to play at Liberty Live 08; soloist David Stevenson, Romford band Surface to Air, alternative rock trio High Compression and Brentwood band Secret Members.

The Liberty Music Festival will be at the Liberty Centre, Romford, on July 4 and 5 as part of a series of live musical performance events that will run throughout the summer. Check out www.myspace.com/thelibertyrealmusicfestival for more information.

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