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The Scene's set for O2 Arena gig

Wrexham band The Scene
The Scene are trying to raise cash for a coach to take fans to London gig

Wrexham band The Scene have won themselves a place on stage at London's O2 Arena, performing in front of a big crowd and industry experts.

The five-piece outfit might be more used to playing intimate gigs at the pubs and clubs of Wrexham and Chester.

But they won through regional heats to reach the final of a nationwide competition, Live and Unsigned, and are relishing the prospect of playing in front of judges from the music industry.

Drummer Anthony Turner reckons the band have already 'won', no matter where they finish in the competition.

"It's a chance to play at such a big venue and a chance to try and put Wrexham on the map", he said.

The group have only been together for two years and all come from Wrexham.

As well as Anthony on drums, they are Martin Ford on bass, lead singer Spencer Griffiths, guitarist Gareth Holmes, with Jeremy Stokes on keyboards.

In their short time together the band have already played about 100 gigs.

They've got through four stages of the Live and Unsigned competition, a national music competition for original artists, to reach the live final.

Judges have included Slade frontman Noddy Holder and Radio 1 DJ Greg James as well as music industry experts.

The prize up for grabs is a management and touring contract as well as a substantial financial boost.

Whatever the outcome, the band reckon they'll always remain true to their Wrexham roots.

Currently, they're trying to raise money to hire a coach to take their supporters to London to watch them compete in the indie category (10 July).

"We have great support in Wrexham," said Anthony. "We always pull a good crowd."

You can vote online for the finalists via the official website:




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