Final is a step too far

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A TALENTED group of teenagers have vowed to continue making music despite narrowly missing out on £100,000 of prizes in a national singing competition.

Two Steps Twice, a band made up of nine pupils from Sudbury Upper School, performed at one of the industry’s most famous venues – the O2 Arena in London – on Saturday after reaching the grand final of Live and Unsigned.

The band, which has only been together for 10 months, was among 10,000 aspiring bands, rappers and soloists to enter the competition, and made it all the way to the final 20.

Lead guitarist Jon Beales, 19, said the band members were delighted to make the final and were happy with their performance on the day.

“To get into the last 20 out of thousands of acts was amazing,” he said.

“We were probably one of the least experienced acts there, as everyone else had been together for years, but we just wanted to have a good time and enjoy it.

“Our performance went really well and I thought we were on the ball.”

Even though the band were unable to win the competition, which would have secured a lucrative recording contract, Jon said they planned to continue.

“We’ve found something we love doing and, even though some members will be leaving to go to university, we will carry on,” he added.