Win for rock band at new Youth Zone

Organisers and winners of the Battle of the Bands competiton, Wigan band Incandescent were awarded the winning trophy by guest judge and The Verve band member, Simon Jones, fourth from left, part of the events to mark the official opening of Wigan Youth Zone.
Organisers and winners of the Battle of the Bands competiton, Wigan band Incandescent were awarded the winning trophy by guest judge and The Verve band member, Simon Jones, fourth from left, part of the events to mark the official opening of Wigan Youth Zone.
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A BAND of teenage musicians from Leigh scooped the top prize on the opening night of Wigan Youth Zone on one of their very first live gigs.

Incandescent, from Leigh, won a battle of the bands competition held to mark the opening of the spectacular multi-million pound facility on Parson’s Walk, beating the competition from eight other acts.

The four-piece pop-rock group, formed from pupils at Bedford High School, wowed a huge audience in the main sports hall and the panel of judges, which included The Verve bassist Si Jones.

The band, comprising 14-year-old singer Zoe Unsworth, who has also performed extensively at charity and community events as a solo artist, and her 15-year-old bandmates: guitarist Luke Brannagan, bassist Lennon Scollick and drummer Lorcan Howard, scooped the first prize including a professional photoshoot, recording time at Scout Hut Records’ studio and slots on the bill at a festival this summer.

Incandescence’s achievement is even more impressive as they have only been playing together for just over a month.

Singer Zoe said: “We thought our performance went well but were surprised to win. We’re all fans of The Verve too, so we were really excited to meet Si Jones and he was very nice.

“We all said what a good place the Youth Zone is, they’ve got everything there.”

The band will now appear at the Youth Zone’s charity ball at the DW Stadium later this month and perform on the bill at a festival at The Greyhound in Leigh later this year and is also in the process of putting together a Facebook page.