An unsigned band could be playing at the biggest rock festival in the country after winning over fans and judges in a music competition.
Hardcore five-piece Surrender The Coast, from Leicester, have made it through to the final 15 in the Red Bull Studios Live at Download 2013 contest, which more than 700 bands entered.
Acts on the bill for the festival, which takes place at Donington Park, in north west Leicestershire, include headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein, as well as Queens of the Stone Age, The Gaslight Anthem, Bullet For My Valentine, Korn, Motorhead and 30 Seconds to Mars.
Comprised of singer Andy Connelly, guitarists Dave Griffiths and Nick Lee-Shield, bassist Matt Sharpe and drummer Dan Barton, Surrender the Coast formed in 2009.
They made it through to the penultimate round of the Red Bull competition after being voted into the final 100 by fans in an online poll.
From there, they were handpicked for the final 15 by a judging panel of leading industry experts, including Kerrang Radio presenter Katie P, Rock Sound magazine editor Ben Patashnik, Red Bull Records label manager Angie Somerside and rock band and Download festival veterans Don Broco.
Lead singer Andy, 24, of Wigston, said: We hoped we could make it into the top 100, but to be chosen by the judges, we're over the moon.
Download is the pinnacle of gigs we could play. As cliched as it sounds, it's a dream come true.
All the acts through to the semi-final have won professional studio time and mentoring so, this week, Surrender the Coast have been recording tracks with expert producers and receiving tips from Don Broco. From next Friday, the band and the other 14 finalists will be put to the public vote again.
The final eight will perform on the Red Bull Studios stage at Download next month. Six bands will be decided by the public, while the remaining two will be chosen as wildcards by the judges.
Surrender The Coast have been filmed performing one of their songs, The Devil You Know, and have been interviewed on film as part of the competition.
The video will be online for viewers to see and vote on from Friday.
Andy said: We just need to get people to vote for us again, so go to the video and click on our lovely faces and vote. We've been to Download and go to lots of festivals.
To go as a musician rather than as a fan is a whole different prospect.
To support Surrender The Coast, vote at: http://download.redbull studios.com FOR MORE ON THIS YEAR'S DOWNLOAD... Go to: thisisleicestershire.co.uk
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