By Emma Outerbridge
Resident of Sudbury
Walkway will be in session on BBC Suffolk Introducing in November
It being its 12th year and having held a killer launch party, the expectations were high for BurySOUND 2009.
With a line up consisting of some of Suffolk's finest up and coming bands, the first heat at the Bury St Edmunds Corn Exhange took place on Friday 23 October and will be looked upon fondly by many.
Starting the night's proceedings were Not Until Tomorrow - a hardcore metal band from Thurston.
The boys had been rehearsing for this since the day they entered but with the lead singer only being an official member of the band for seven weeks, they had a rough road.
Giving an energy-filled performance of insanely fast guitar riffs and bass lines that will stick in your head for days, they won over the audience's hearts and votes and they are to appear in the final.
Second to take to the stage was the 'classic rock' four piece from Diss called Walkway. Starting off as just brothers with a simple passion for music, their success has snowballed into being one of Diss's most talked about bands.
BurySOUND is part of St Edmundsbury's Youth Forum
When asked, they said they weren't too disappointed that they didn't make it through because they didn't have that many fans at the heat, but they've certainly gained some new ones.
Cure Caballo took to the stage next and so did a few fans, who were disappointingly moved on by security.
Playing a mixture of alternative and hard rock and with a fan base the size of a small army, they were surprisingly not that optimistic about winning.
Taking the judges' vote then getting into the final, they were quite shocked to say the least.
Fourth to the stage was the newest band there. Only being together six months, yet seemingly the most organised, Protect The Target got all of the crowd moving.
Even the security guards were seen to be doing the odd foot-tap.
Unfortunately, they didn't make it to the final but, making over £100 in merchandise sales in one night, it was a success in that way.
Selective Walk, with matching t-shirts and a rock solid performance, seemed set to succeed. Sadly though, next to none of their fans made the trip from their hometown of Haverhill.
Another year for them passed by, although they do seem to be winning nearly every music competition in Haverhill, so they have no need to complain really.
Not Until Tomorrow's Harry Bullock
Last, but by no means least, were Amberlight.
With the founding member being in the band for just over two years, but the guitarist and drummer being around for barely two weeks, it seemed two rehearsals really wasn't enough to get them through to the final.
Ending the night on a high and sure to enter next year, they are sounding promising though.
With the second heat on Friday, 6 November with the likes of Hookers Green and Used To Be Blonde, both of which got the crowds moving at a very soggy Stowfest earlier in 2009, it's going to be a hard decision for the judges as well as the audience.
The final, again at the Corn Exchange, is on Friday, 20 November, 2009.