Twister Plays The O2

Fri, 28/07/2000 - 01:00

Local band Twister, with East Durham College music student Stevie Stoker, was blown away after scooping second place in a national battle of the bands competition.

Twister fought off fierce competition from more than 12,000 other groups to secure a spot in the finals of Surface Unsigned. The East Durham-based quartet took to the stage at London’s O2 Arena for the final leg of the prestigious competition, where they narrowly missed out on the top spot.

The band’s frontman Stevie Stoker, 19, who is studying for a Foundation Degree in Music at East Durham College, said: “It was amazing performing at the Arena in front of all those people. We had to do a 25-minute set of our own stuff so it was great that people got to hear our material.

“To came second overall and so close to top spot was a bit of a shame. We feel a bit cheated, but we still did really well seeing as that was from 12,000 bands and singers.”

The popular pop-rockers also took a coach-load of fans down with them, with 67 people travelling from the region to the capital to see the lads perform.

Stevie added: “We took a load of fans down with us and every single on of them had our T-shirt on. It was tremendous because there were people wearing the band’s name everywhere.”

As part of their prize Twister won a tour taking in Bristol, London and Birmingham, which they started last week, a single deal and gear including a drum kit and amplifier.

In July Twister released their new single, Satellite, with Hotdesk Records, a recording label set up by a group of other students as part of an enterprise project at East Durham College.