Band going from strength to strength

The Northern Echo: Shoot the Poet, with Ollie Rodgers and Dave Pickard, Thirteen Group Director of Operations (front), who were on the judging panel. Shoot the Poet, with Ollie Rodgers and Dave Pickard, Thirteen Group Director of Operations (front), who were on the judging panel.

A BAND who were given the chance to play on the bill of the Stockton Weekender after winning a competition are well on the road to success after releasing their first CD and embarking on a UK tour.

Hartlepool four-piece Shoot the Poet was given the chance to perform alongside rock superstars Primal Scream after winning last year’s contest, organised by North-East housing group Vela and Tees Music Alliance, in order to give one of the region’s unsigned bands a helping hand in the music business.

Recent success also includes Shoot the Poet’s single, Little by Little, being used as the kick-off song for League Two football team Hartlepool United, with the band – Dom Hansford, 20, Adam Morgan, 22, Peter Aves, 22, and 23-year-old Craig Gilbraith – now set to embark on a second UK tour later this year.

Frontman Dom said: “Since the festival, support for us has rocketed, and we’ve had a fair bit of interest from promoters and labels. We’ve even being mentioned on BBC 6 music, which was amazing.”

The band’s success comes as Thirteen Group, which Vela is now part of, has announced it is set to become a sponsor of the Stockton Weekender, which takes place on July 26 and 27, with headliners including Happy Mondays, Shed Seven, Public Enemy and Peter Hook and The Light.

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