Martin House’s Centre Stage another success

Martin House Centre Stage winners Glassbody band membes Theo Cookson, cameron Fraser, Jared Loville and Jamie Clarke of the band Glassbody.

Martin House Centre Stage winners Glassbody band membes Theo Cookson, cameron Fraser, Jared Loville and Jamie Clarke of the band Glassbody.

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Martin House’s 2012 Centre Stage was the most successful yet with £25,000 raised for the Boston Spa based hospice.

The O2 Academy was packed last week with over a thousand music fans on hand to watch Chapel Allerton band Glassbody win a slot at this year’s Leeds and Reading Festival.

Now attention has turned to next year, which is set to be even bigger.

Organisers have revealed they are looking at the possibility of rolling it out in North Yorkshire in 2013.

This opens up the possibility school groups from the Harrogate district could win a slot to play at next year’s Leeds and Reading Festival.

Centre Stage organiser, Sarah Smith said this was the best yet.

“It was definitely the most successful and it has had the most diverse range of bands,” she said.

“I think the standard was extremely high and the judges had a hard decision to make.

“In the last three years, we have raised more than £100,000 pounds.”

Twelve bands competed for the prize of playing this year’s BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds and Reading, which will take place over August Bank Holiday weekend.

All the groups were given 11 minutes to impress.

After some strict judging by Neil Pengelly (Booker for Leeds and Reading), Mike Heaton (Embrace), Jeremy Lascelles (Former Virgin A&R Manager/ CEO Chrysalis Music), Ross Jarman (The Cribs) and Matt Bowman (Pigeon Detectives), Allerton Grange High School band, Glassbody, emerged victorious.

The band also won £1,000 of music equipment, a music video and a graphic design consultation to work on branding.

Festival Republic MD Melvin Benn, arrived on stage at the end of the night to thank all the organisers and pledge his support to Martin House and Centre Stage for another three years.

Meanwhile, a delighted Glassbody couldn’t hide their excitement at winning the competition.

Drummer Theo Cookson said: “It was just crazy when we won, it didn’t even feel like real life anymore.

“When we saw the other bands we thought there was no way we were going to win - we really didn’t expect it. It is quite amazing for us and a massive shock , we never thought we would win.

“We’ve just seen our name on the poster and that is just incredible, it just doesn’t feel real to us.”

“Playing at the Leeds Festival is a dream come true.”

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