A SINGER songwriter from Hartlepool is set to perform at a high-profile arena in the New Year as part of a top talent competition.
Elena Larkin is preparing to showcase her talent at the O2 Academy, in Newcastle, after winning one of 12 places – out of more than 1,000 contestants – to perform at the grand finale gig.
She could potentially win a full day’s recording contract and demo package to help boost her fledging music career.
And the 16-year-old is delighted to be given the chance to sing to a capacity-crowd at the venue, which has seen the likes of Jake Bugg, Ellie Goulding, Adele, Matt Cardle and Rizzle Kicks perform on the same stage.
Elena said: “I can’t believe that when I’m at the O2 I will be stood on the same stage that amazing artists such as Ellie Goulding have performed on.
“I’ve been imagining how the performance will go and how many people will be there and each time when I think about the O2 performance I can’t wait to get up there and sing out of my skin.”
Elena, who is studying music at Brinkburn Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, Hartlepool, entered the Soundwave Music Competition and managed to chant her way through to a closed audition round in front of a panel of expert judges.
After several challenging heats, 12 lucky finalists including Elena were selected to play the dream show on the main stage at the O2 to participate in the prestigious grand finale on January 25.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and are available at http://www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk/ or by calling (0844) 4772000.