Does the big time beckon for Hemel rock band?

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HEMEL rock band Echoes of an Age wowed judges at the audition stage of the UK’s biggest original music competition, Live and Unsigned 2011, and are on their way to the regional finals.

The boys – lead vocalist Danny Poulton, 21, lead guitarist Jason Green, 22, bass guitarist Harry Monk, 18, rhythm guitarist Graham Noble, 25, and drummer Dan Green, 24, will now be competing against some of the most talented bands and artists in the country in front of thousands, and a professional judging panel.

Judges involved this year are former Slade frontman Noddy Holder, R ‘n’ B star Shola Ama and BBC Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale, Ras Kwame and Tom Deacon.

If they win at the regional finals which are being held at the Bedford Corn Exchange on Saturday, April 2 it’s a step closer to the big time as they’ll go on to perform at the national grand final at the O2 arena in London.

The overall winner will be thrust into the media spotlight with a recording and management contract with Future Music.

The lads, who count Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Jamiroquai and Led Zeppelin as some of their biggest influences, are excited about competing on April 2 which also just happens to be Graham’s birthday. Fingers crossed he gets the present he most wants!

Echoes of an Age will play at ManDown, Jumpin Jaks, Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead on Saturday, March 19, 8pm - entry is to 18+ only and costs £5 on the door. Other bands playing that night are Kill The Weekend, Tranquil Fury and Shadow Factory.

And you can hear them interviewed live on BBC 3 Counties Radio on Friday, March 18 between 7pm and 8pm.

Who knows, this could be the last opportunity to catch them before they’re famous - don’t miss it!