Here they are: AMP Awards finalists, pt 1

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AMP Awards Final, Royal Hall, Harrogate, Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Profile of finalists: part 1

Weekend Offender

(Boroughbridge High School)

Weekend Offender are a punk rock band, from Boroughbridge North Yorkshire, formed in November 2012 .

Their musical influences include Green Day, Blink 182, Sum 41, Paramore, The Clash and Queen.

Their line up is Greg Mitchell on drums, Rebecca Longbottom on rhythm guitar, Tom Palmer on lead guitar, Flossy R-G on vocals, Harry Hutchinson on vocals and Luke Armitage on bass.

Rebecca was a member of Dark Days of December, the band representing Boroughbridge at AMP Awards 2012 and a photo of her taken by Andy Bennison, a student at Harrogate Grammar School, won the 2012 itchyKOO Iconic AMP Image Award!

Their biggest gig played to date is the Amp Awards heat which took place in December at Boroughbridge High School.

However they have more gigs planned in the near future and hope to build their fan base before they get to the Royal Hall.

Follow them on twitter: @OffenderWeekend


(King James’s School, Knaresborough)

Tweak was created in the summer of 2011 by three strong friends who wanted to make hard, fast music together.

Having made their mark on the local music scene over the past year, Tweak continue to pound guitars, drums and anything they can get their hands on to deliver an unforgettable experience to their fans. Rock hard riffs and hooks that just seem to explode make Tweak a fan favourite whenever and wherever they play.

Recently this has included performances at Diamonds on the Soles of their Shoes, a Jubilee musical celebration at the Royal Hall last October plus an appearance on the stage at the inaugural Harrogate Christmas Market.

Line up: James Wade – vocals and guitar, Justin Beese - bass, Will Earl - drums.

Follow them on Twitter @TweakTheBand

For Cuba

(St Aidan’s School, Harrogate)

For Cuba are a unique band formed in the St Aidan’s sixth form. The band consists of Sorrel Brown, Phil Herbert, Jake Brown, Ali King, Jacob Ibbetson and Joe Martin.

With a line-up of vocals, piano, guitar and trumpets, this produces exclusive and exciting performances and they have many international musical influences which have made them the band they are today.

Some of their musical history includes being 2012 winners of the Harrogate Theatre Big T Talent Competition which also led them to play at Harrogate’s Christmas Lights Switch On event last November.

Follow them on twitter: @ForCuba

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Please look out for more profiles of AMP Awards finalists next week in the Harrogate Advertiser Series - and online!