A GIRL band is hoping for national glory after reaching the latter stages of a music competition.
The five-strong Peppermints, from Hartlepool, are in the regional finals of the Open Mic UK contest out of 200 North- East entries. The contest is the UK’s biggest for unsigned artists.
The girls are Chloe Cannell-Cass, 10, Ellen Gowland, Olivia Stanton, and Emily O’Connolly, all aged 11, and Kelsey Sadler, 12.
The competition will eventually see one act walk away with a national title, and a grand prize of £50,000.
To win it, the performers need to do more than just sing. They have to generate interest in themselves by highlighting their talents in their neighbourhood and on social media. Their efforts to promote themselves could count towards the final decision.
Peppermints are now through to the regional finals to be held in Newcastle on Saturday, October 22, and will battle it out with 19 other acts in the 16 and under category - hoping to win a place in the November national finals at the 02 Arena in London.
Kelsey’s proud mum, Natalie Sadler, 29, a student social worker, explained how the support of people from Hartlepool could be vital.
She said the judges decision on the best acts will be based partly on the performance at the finals and also on the efforts the band have made to promote themselves.
They have set up a Facebook site called Peppermints Hartlepool where people can register their likes for the band. The more likes they receive, the more chance the Peppermints have of winning.
Natalie added: “They have had 1,000 hits on YouTube. Every day the numbers are growing.”
But Peppermints are no strangers to success.
They were runners-up in another competition in Newcastle called The Teenage Kicks, when they were up against bands with members aged up to 18.
Meanwhile, fans can catch the band on Friday, September 23, when the Northern School of Music holds a show called A Night With The Stars at Owton Manor Social Club, in Wynyard Road, from 6.45pm, with the Peppermints as the hosts.
The school’s head of performing arts, Toni Parker-Harvey, said: “We really need people to back them now.”
Tickets costing £6 are available from the reception at The Northern School of Music, in Church Square.