By Graham Chalmers
Proof that Harrogate’s AMP Awards are becoming a major force on a regional level comes with the first-ever Yorkshire AMPs final.
The young winners from each of its four competitions - Harrogate (where Alister’s Theory won), York, Bradford and Leeds - will battle it out on the big stage at the Galtres Festival on the bank holiday weekend at Duncombe Park, near Helmsley. And I’m delighted to be one of the judges on the day along with the festival’s director James Houston.
James said: “The AMPs are an excellent opportunity for emerging bands to play to large audiences. Galtres has always been keen to support young talent.”
St up in 2009 by staff at St Aidan’s High School and Boroughbridge High School, the AMPs are the best organised and friendliest battle of the bands competition I have ever come across
The Yorkshire final on Sunday, August 24 will see the youngsters performing on the same bill as Bellowhead and The Human League and plus local acts such as The Birdman Rallies.
Josh Hill, AMP Awards co-founder, said: “The grand final will give our four existing winning bands the chance to perform at one of the best family-friendly festivals in the country.”
More information at www.galtrestfestival.org.uk