By Sophie Little
Fever Fever have secured spots at SXSW and Canadian Music Week
A Norwich band have been invited to play in front of leading music industry figures at a prestigious American conference and festival.
Fever Fever will jet to Texas next year to perform at South by Southwest.
They have also won a showcase slot at Canadian Music Week and will bridge both dates in March with a US tour.
"South by Southwest is a chance for us to play to fresh meat - and for us to experience a nine-hour flight with a free bar," said guitarist Ellie Jones.
The punk-pop outfit are in high spirits following the news that they've landed the prime slots.
Both music industry conferences will be an invaluable opportunity to play in front of influential representatives from all over the world.
"We had to apply through Sonicbids - a mammoth online application form. It was quite a long wait and our singer Rosie bit her fingernails down to the knuckle," said Ellie.
"Then they popped us an e-mail - we can't believe it!"
Next year is the 25th anniversary of SXSW, which takes place in Austin, and it's rumoured to be the biggest convention yet.
In 2010 more than 13,000 industry representatives turned out and 2,000 acts from across the globe played across the nine days.
Fever Fever recently appeared on Tom Robinson's show on BBC 6 Music
"It's all super exciting - and it's going to coincide with a release that's being put out by Canadian label Scotch Tapes," said Ellie.
The three-piece - which also comprises of drummer James Smith and Rosie Arnold - are starting to gain recognition on this side of the Atlantic too after the release of their Bloodless EP in October.
They recently recorded a session with
for his BBC 6 Music Introducing show and XFM's John Kennedy.
Their EP has also notched up a pile of favourable reviews including a five out of five from Artrocker Magazine.
With on-air support from BBC Radio 1 DJ and BBC Introducing champion
and interest from UK labels, Fever Fever are hoping to further galvanise their position with their performances across the pond.
Fever Fever play Howlback Hum's Christmas party at Norwich Arts Centre on 21 December 2010.