FOUR schoolboys are within touching distance of playing in front of thousands of people at London’s O2 Arena.
Max Bridges and Steven Barker, both 17, along with Jamie Hicks and Alfie Row, 15, all attend Sudbury Upper School and have formed a band called The Story Boys.
The foursome, who describe their style as “acoustic hip hop”, performed at the regional finals of Live and Unsigned – the UK’s biggest competition for wannabe singers and groups.
After impressing the judges, the band were put through to the next stage – and are now just one step away from reaching the national final at the O2.
“At the first audition, we were all a bit nervous and my heart was in my mouth,” said Jamie, the band’s lead singer.
“But this time, we were feeling more confident and knew what to expect.”
The group have been together for just over a year and have played various gigs around Sudbury, including at The White Horse pub.
Jamie said this experience would hold them in good stead for singing in the Area Finals at the Corn Exchange in Bedford on May 13.