By Katy Airey
The time has come again for the AMP Awards to take over the Royal Hall, Harrogate.
On Wednesday, February 12, students from schools in Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Harrogate and Ripon will come together to compete in separate business and music competitions at the regional final.
This is the sixth year of the AMP Awards in Harrogate and, thanks to support from O2 Telefonica and Youth Music, it has now also expanded to Leeds, York and Bradford.
All teams are supported by local business mentors and two AMP Awards alumni from the very first competition in 2009 have returned to their former schools this year to coach and motivate their respective teams to success.
For ticket info, visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk
The AMP Awards: The finalists
Band: Uprising Pace
School: Outwood Academy Ripon
Members: Ahlea Lewin (vocals/guitar), Emily Scawthorn (keyboard), Sean Lyon (guitar)
Formed: Late 2013
Influences: Fall out Boy, Panic! At the Disco and All Time Low
Band: Weekend Offender
School: Boroughbridge High School
Members: Greg Mitchell (drums), Tom Palmer (guitar), Jake Barfield (bass), Harry Hutchinson (vocals), Flossy RG (vocals).
Formed: 2012. Competed in Amp Awards Harrogate 2013 Final
Influences: Green Day, Blink-182, Paramore, The Clash, Panic! At The Disco, Queen, Papa Roach
Band: Outside South
School: Nidderdale High School
Members: Emily Atkinson (lead vocals), Jack O’Brien (lead guitar), Richard Ellis (rhythm guitar), Oliver Bowerman (bass), Sky Wilson (drums)
Formed: October 2013
Influences: Green Day, Tommy Leatherbarrow, Bob Marley, Pearl Jam, Muse, Busted
Band: The Shades
School: King James’s School, Knaresborough
Members: Will Vessey (vocals), Olli Briscombe (bass and backing vocals), Gary Ng (keytar), Billy Watts (drums), Lewis Mawer (lead guitar), Rob Mawer (rhythm guitar)
Influences: Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses, Dire Straits, Royal Blood, Roosevelt
School: Ripon Grammar School
Members: Quinn O’Connell (guitar, lead vocals), Angus Forbes (drums), Mathew Dickinson (bass guitar/vocals)
Formed: Four years ago
Influences: Muse, Biffy Clyro, Alexisonfire, Rise Against and You Me At Six
School: Harrogate Grammar School
Members: George Farrar (drums), Ethan Flynn (lead guitar), Lucy Ireland (lead vocals), Seb Etherington (bass)
Formed: Late 2013
Influences: Fleetwood Mac and everything from heavy rock to indie pop.
Band: Alister’s Theory
School: St Aidan’s High School, Harrogate
Members: Alexia Milson (vocals), Ruby Blunt (keyboards), Charlie Boulton (guitar), Elliot Tutt (bass), Alister Flint (kit), James Thomas (sax), Pete Clark (trumpet), Dan Hartley (trumpet)
Formed: 2012 to enter last year’s Amp Awards
Influences: Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Scissor Sisters, Wild Cherry, Marvin Gaye and anything funky.
School: St John Fisher High School, Harrogate
Members: James Megarry (bass guitar, lead vocals), Niall ‘Nige’ Robinson (drums, triangle, didgeridoo), Ollie Heum (rhythm guitar, vocals), Sam Kay (lead guitar, vocals)
Formed: Four years ago. Released first EP Crying with M in 2011.
Influences: Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, The Beatles, Oasis, Girls Aloud, The Strokes, Susan Boyle, Wham.