Now or never

A SUDBURY band is preparing for its biggest performance yet after surpassing all expectations to reach the final of a national singing contest.

Two Steps Twice, a band made up of nine students from Sudbury Upper School, will take to the stage at the O2 Arena in London after reaching the grand final of Live and Unsigned.

The competition looks for the country’s best aspiring bands, vocal groups and solo artists.

Since forming in October, Two Steps Twice have impressed judges with their unique style of music inspired by Madness and The Specials.

Lead guitarist Jon Beales said his fellow band members had been working hard to be at their best for the final on Saturday, July 23.

“It is the biggest gig we’ve ever done,” said the 19-year-old.

“It still doesn’t seem real and I don’t think the magnitude of it all will kick in until we arrive at the arena.

“Every round we’ve been telling ourselves that we haven’t done enough and we’re going out, but each time we’ve made it through.”

The overall winner will walk away with £100,000 of prizes, including a record contract and the chance to go on a world tour.

However, to be in with a chance of winning, the band will need some support.

“If we make it into the top three, the winner will be decided on text votes so we’re hoping people will back us,” said Jon.

“Every little helps and that much money and support for a local band doesn’t come around every day.”

To vote for Two Steps Twice, text “unsigned63” to 84222. Texts cost £1, plus your standard network charge.