Piracy sail into the regional final

The Piracy, Wirksworth band.
The Piracy, Wirksworth band.

Wirksworth band The Piracy have wowed the judging panel of the UK’s biggest original music competition and sailed through the audition stage of Live and Unsigned.

The Piracy will be competing against the most talented bands and artists in the country at the Regional Final Showcase of Live and Unsigned 2012, all in a bid to make the Grand Final at The O2 in July.

The Piracy battled against hundreds of auditionees to secure a spot in the live shows. Acts that made it through auditions will now take part in a live Regional Final Showcase, in front of hundreds of spectators.

The timing of the success is particularly apt as The Piracy are celebrating their first birthday this month.

Since being formed in March 2011, the four-piece band has gone from strength to strength thanks to its brand of indie rock and roll, with influences ranging from The Smiths and The Stone Roses to Oasis and Kasabian.

The best acts will also get the opportunity to play at some of the biggest festivals in the UK from over 100 Festival slots including Beach Break Live, Boardmasters, Bearded Theory, Strawberry Fields and Osfest.

Live and Unsigned is the biggest original music competition in the UK for unsigned bands and artists. Attracting over 50,000 entries in the past five years, it has set itself apart from its predecessors by offering and promoting originality. It’s now established as the definitive music competition for original acts and it’s open to all genres of music from heavy rock to rap.

Chris Grayston, events director of Live and Unsigned said: “Live and Unsigned is all about originality, live ability and credibility. We don’t accept demos or submissions and everyone auditions live. We’ve got some fantastic prizes up for grabs this year in a £100,000 prize pool, including a new main cash prize of £10,000. The festival slots and other prizes available make this year’s competition our biggest ever!”

The Piracy are now preparing for the Regional Final Showcase on April 14 at The Riverside Centre, Pride Park, Derby for the opportunity to progress towards the Grand Final.