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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Carlisle band The Alleys need votes to play Wickerman main stage

Carlisle band The Alleys are in the running to play the main stage at this year’s Wickerman festival – but they need your votes.

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The Alleys, back, from left, Ben Wilde, Jordan Ogilvie, Jonny Foster and, front, Thomas Foster

They are among three local bands singled out by organisers for a slot at the two-day festival in the south west of Scotland on July 25 and 26.

It is now up to the public to decide which one gets the gig. An online vote is underway, and fans have until Friday to have their say.

The One To Watch competition has been organised by Westsound radio.

The winner will see their name added to the 2014 bill – alongside the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Del Amitri, Shed Seven and The Feeling.

The Alleys are up against Dumfries band Deadman’s Stand and Scottish female duo The Mermaids.

The Alleys have already had a good year, having released two albums in five months. The rock ‘n’ roll band performed twice at this year’s Carlisle Music City festival, and have gigs lined up across the UK.


Fresh from Ravenstonedale, the band are pushing the festival scene and would love to get a chance to play at Wickerman, especially as it is so close to home.

Singer Jonny Foster, 18, said: “It’s important to promote the local music scene as a whole. Carlisle Music City is evidence of the talent there is in Cumbria and that should be celebrated by getting local artists onto the bigger stages.”

The band is made up of Jonny on lead vocals/guitar/harmonica, his younger brother Tom Foster on drums/trumpet, Jordan Ogilvie on guitar/backing Vocals, Ben Wilde on bass/backing vocals, Lewis BT on keyboard/trumpet and Andy Phillips on sax.

Jonny said they applied to play Wickerman but didn’t hear anything back – then found out they had been put forward for the competition.

He is urging News & Star readers to listen to their track online and vote for them.

Jonny added: “At the end of the day, people should vote for us if they like us. We’ve worked hard to get where we are. We just hope people recognise this and give us a hand by voting for us.”

If they win, the band will play Wickerman on the Friday then head to Dorset’s Forever Sun festival on Sunday, where they are third on the bill behind Toploader and headliners Happy Mondays.

To vote visit www.westsoundradio.com/win/one-to-watch/

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