And the winners are...
Intervurt (South East region)
Flame Grilled Chinchillas (South West region)
Broadwalk (London region)
Brabazon (Wales region)
IST (Midlands region)
Kalinsky (North East region)
Merla (Yorkshire region)
Rob McCulloch (North West region)
Estrella (Scotland region)
All nine will play live at the Islington Academy, London, next Thursday, 13 July, in front of a panel of industry experts, who will ultimatelty award two bands a fully managed summer tour of UK festivals, including Summer Sundae, Get Loaded In The Park, Beautiful Days and The Secret Garden Party.
The live final will be hosted and compered by XFM’s Shaun Keaveney who will announce the winning band at around 11pm. Doors will open at 6pm with the first band taking the stage at 6:30pm.
Tickets for the final are £5 and can be bought here.
For press info, competition tickets, guestlist enquiries or review tickets please contact Chris McCormick on 020 7436 5223 or email email@example.com.
Local Heroes is a partnership set up between Virtual Festivals, Bandwagon, Yamaha, Newsquest and Roundpoint to find the best two unsigned bands in the UK and take them on a tour of UK festivals this summer.
It started back in May when bands were asked to submit tracks, photos and biogs to www.lheroes.co.uk. Each band was entered into one of nine regions in the UK.
From 1 June the public were invited to vote for their favourite local bands and were encouraged to show their support at gigs and on the forums of the Local Heroes website. Public votes were made via downloads, IVR phone vote, ringtone purchases and SMS votes.
Public voting closed on the 6 July, with more than 20,000 votes cast, and the band with the most votes from each region won their ticket to the final. Bands will now be evaluated on a range of criteria, including stage presence, crowd reaction, song writing, delivery and the F (festival) factor!
As well as winning slots at six festivals, the two winning bands will have use of a tour bus and manager, along with top of the range backline equipment supplied by Yamaha, plus a photographer and film crew at certain festivals.