LaCode 4 prepare for the finals.
MUSICTHREE Island bands will be battling for a £10,000 prize, a recording contract and the chance to appear at 15 festivals when they perform at the Guildhall, Portsmouth, tomorrow (Saturday).
LaCode 4, featuring Johnny Green, from Freshwater, Dan McFarlane, from Newport, and Kath Luckett, from Yarmouth, will be on stage in front of 600 people at UK Live and Unsigned.
Johnny, 43, who plays bass, said: "We breezed through the auditions but shortly afterwards, for various reasons, we lost our singer and drummer.
"We performed at the area final but didn’t get the judges’ vote. However, we won a 'wildcard’ entry into the southern regional final, thanks to a text vote from listeners.
"We have just recruited Kath as our new singer, so we’re all looking forward to a great night out. If we go through we will play at the O2 Arena in the national final."
Kath, 28, added: "The guys heard me singing a few songs on Facebook and asked me for an audition and it has taken off from there.
"I have only been singing for a couple of years but I’m also working with a couple of friends who are producers and I have been recording their songs.
Johnny, and Dan, 41, who plays acoustic guitar, were previously in a band named Portable High and describe their music as light acoustic rock.
The Vecks, from Seaview, and Blue Motion, from Cowes, are also just one step away from playing the national finals at The O2, London. They made it through the regional finals, staged at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, last month.
Blue Motion are a four-piece blues rock beat, whose music is upbeat and energetic.
Its members are Joe Driffield, guitar and lead vocals, Jack Gilbert, lead guitar and backing vocals, Jordan Mogg, bass guitar, and Harry Ventress, drums.
The Vecks recently launched their new EP, Heroic Deeds, at the Wight Rock Bar and have also been booked to play V-Dub, Bestival and Seaview’s Party on the Prom.
The band’s music is influenced by the late 60s’ and early 70s’ music.