How you can help unsigned Lowestoft band Lightscape win £50,000

Lightscape could win £50,000 in an unsigned music competition. Photo: Calum Harris.

Lightscape could win £50,000 in an unsigned music competition. Photo: Calum Harris. - Credit: Archant

An unsigned band is in the running to win a career changing £50,000 after being listed for a nationwide music prize.

Lightscape, who originate from Lowestoft, have been included in Salute Music Makers' 'Top 100 of Revolutionary Music Competition'.

Victory for the alternative rock band would also secure a place in the final of this year's Unsigned Music Awards.

Guitarist Sam Nichol, 24, who formed the band, believes a triumph in the contest could lead to bigger things.

He said: 'We could potentially skyrocket.

'Unless you win the lottery you are never going to come across that amount of money.

'We put our blood, sweat and tears into this. We all work nine-to-fives and any money we have we put into the band.

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He added: 'This would help take us to the next level and allow us to do bigger tours.'

The band is completed by Sam's brother James on drums, guitarist Ben Ashcroft, bassist Christy Bullen and singer Will Overton.

Since forming two years ago the band have been building a fan base and playing shows further afield.

Last month they performed in front of 25,000 people in Austria as part of Harley Davidson's European Bike Week.

As part of the competition the band's song 'Live in Fear' has been included on a playlist compiled by Salute Music Makers to give voters the chance to hear contenders work.

Sam Nichol said: 'It's a song summarising our views on world politics and the role of the media - about people coming together and fighting against it.

'It's the song we end most of our shows with.'

While the band dream of winning the first prize of £50,000, all those who finish within the top six will also win £10,000.

Salute Music Makers say it designed the contest to provide UK acts the 'opportunity to change their musical career'.

Lightscape will be releasing a new EP next month and appearing at Norwich's Open Club Room on Friday, November 17.

You can vote for the band by visiting the 'Salute Music UK' Facebook page and following the instructions.

Voting closes on Friday, October 27.

For more information on Lightscape, including upcoming releases and performances, visit the band's Facebook page.

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