Next Big Thing final at UEA this Sunday

The final line-up for Future Radio's Next Big Thing competition has been confirmed. Those who made it through from semi finals at the Brickmakers' B2 venue now head to the UEA LCR on Sunday November 9 for the grand final. Future Radio

The final line-up for Future Radio's Next Big Thing competition has been confirmed. Those who made it through from semi finals at the Brickmakers' B2 venue now head to the UEA LCR on Sunday November 9 for the grand final.

Finalists are:

t Adele Swallow (Norwich), a singer-songwriter and her band blending folk, blues and acoustic pop;

t Ed Sheeran (Suffolk), a singer-songwriter playing a mix of acoustic, folk and hip hop;

t I Am Error (Norwich), a five-piece band playing alternative/rock/pop;

t Killamonjambo (Norfolk), a six-member funk-rock band

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t The Moo (Norwich), a four-piece punk-rock-rap band;

t Rigo Jancsi (Norwich), a four-piece band mixing indie and dance

Semi finals judge David Powles, speaking after the second semi final on October 26, said: “The quality of acts last night was outstanding and to be honest all six bands deserved a place in the final.

“All the judges are really happy though with the six acts chosen for the final in two weeks and it should be a really great night.”

The judging panel also included Future presenter Bernie Dollery and Kingsley Harris from NRONE Records.

Thordis Fridriksson, one of the organisers of the event for Future Radio, said: "I was so impressed by the standard of the performances and the audience was clearly gripped; really involved in the music. They were a great bunch to work with, fun and professional.

"I didn't envy the judges their decision at all, but they've picked some great acts - really diverse and to a high standard. The final looks set to be a great night."

Also competiting in the semi finals were Cross Country Driver, Fever Fever, Gravemind, Guidopops, Spitfire and the Lidi Berlins.

Supported by the EDP and sister paper the Norwich Evening News, the competition's first prize includes £750 of products from Professional Music Technology (PMT), a recording contract with NR One Records, a £250 cash prize with business advice from Access to Music Norwich, and a studio package with Future Studios.

The six finalists will play the UEA LCR on Sunday November 9. Tickets are £5 in advance from the UEA box office (www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk or 01603 508050).

t Future Radio 96.9FM, www.futureradio.co.uk.

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