Next Big Thing band contest second heat

Future Radio, in partnership EDP and Evening News, are pleased to announce the bands playing this Sunday's Next Big Thing second semi-final at the Brickmakers' B2 venue on Sprowston Road, Norwich.

Future Radio, in partnership EDP and Evening News, are pleased to announce the bands playing this Sunday's Next Big Thing second semi-final at the Brickmakers' B2 venue on Sprowston Road, Norwich.

The running order of acts will be drawn out of a hat on the day of the semi-final.

Three of these semi-finalists will make it through to join last weekend's semi-finalist choices of Adele Swallow, Killamonjambo and Rigo Jancsi at the grand final at UEA LCR on November 9 and be in with a chance of winning the top prize, including £750 of products from Professional Music Technology (PMT), a recording contract with NRONE Records, a £250 cash prize with business advice from Access to Music Norwich, and a studio package with Future Studios.

Once again, don't miss your chance to check out the East's hottest talent. Semi-final tickets are available now priced at £3, available from B2. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Tune in to Future Radio 96.9FM for more details as they are released, including profiles of the semi-finalists, and keep your eye on the website www.futureradio.co.uk

Sunday's line up:

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t Ed Sheeran. With two albums already recorded and a place in the National Youth Music Theatre and National Youth Theatre, 17-year-old Ed Sheeran is more experienced than his age would suggest. Born in Halifax and now living in Framlingham, Suffolk, Ed picked up his first guitar aged 11 and wrote his first song soon after. Ed has written two albums and an EP since then. His influences include Nizlopi, Jason Mraz, Gary Dunne, Damien Rice and more. In April Ed supported Nizlopi at Norwich Arts Centre.

t Fever Fever. The band were born in January 2008 and are two-thirds girl, one-third boy! They play abrasive, bone-shaking alternative punk tunes with catchy pop hooks. The formula is simple: two guitars, two vocals and a drum kit, no bass. As well as numerous Norwich gigs, they have a couple of local radio plays and a few London gigs under their belt. They are looking to play more, record more, tour more and have as much fun as possible playing their tunes.

t Gravemind. In early 2007, Chris Williams wanted to make something; something big. The gods of metal were calling this young drummer to form his own band and fate saw to it that this was done. A natural extension of drums is bass and it was this piece of the puzzle that would fall into place first. They were joined by talented young bassist Matt Tremayne, frontman Ben Hayward and lead guitarist Damien “Damo” Helliewell.

t The Guidopops. There was never a formation point as such due to the fact that the core members of the band are siblings, but it was during the summer of 2008 that musical progress was made. As members hail from either side of the Suffolk/Norfolk border they understand the importance of integration and cultural differences. They have an admiration of Blur, 1960s pop and 1980s indiepop.

t I Am Error. A non-conformist musical project, written from an individual perspective about the inner and outer surrounding world. Their songs give voice to the current experience of social uncertainty, addressing the urgent need for individual empowerment and real freedom. It has been an ongoing project for composer/singer/guitarist/arranger, Phil Critten, who is currently recording the debut album using some of the best local musicians.

t The Moo. The band finished their first nationwide tour last week with a home town headline slot as part of the latest wombatwombat presentation at Norwich Arts Centre. Their music is full of catchy punk riffs and vocals with edgy rap elements, with Lewi as a captivating frontman.