Gwent band win festival slot contest

Campaign Series: WINNERS: The band will now perform at the summer festival.(5711109) WINNERS: The band will now perform at the summer festival.(5711109)

A GWENT band have won a slot on an award-winning festival line-up.

The Bleedin Noses, from Blackwood, have been announced as winners of the Larmer Tree Festival Breakthrough Music Award.

The band has won a 45 minute performance slot at the festival taking place from July 16-20, near Salisbury, which this year features Tom Jones and Tom Odell in its line-up.

The band is made up of six members who have been together for five years, producing a blend of genres from country, punk, and rock to blues and soul.

This won’t be their first festival, who have already played Glastonbury and Greenman.

Band manager, Alan Jones, from Newport, said: “They came to us last week to ask if we were available to be shortlisted and we were chosen.

It was great. It’s very exciting. We’re looking to get into other festivals as well.”

The band, who have previously performed to sold-out shows in the Blackwood Miners Institute, will be playing new material from the new album they are working from. The six-piece are made up of Oliver Ashton, Paul Julian, Darren Lewis, Lenny Molyneux, Kevin Meyrick and Louie Williams.

The competition was judged on the weekend in Bournemouth, by a panel led by festival founder and programmer James Shepard, Afro-Celt Sound system and The Imagined Village musician Simon Emmerson and festival artist co-ordinator Abi Norman.

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