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LIVE MUSIC: The road to a £3,000 prize begins TONIGHT (FRIDAY)

The winner of the Battle of the Bands contest at Harborough's Club Enigma, which runs until February 2015, will win a �3,000 cash prize.

The winner of the Battle of the Bands contest at Harborough's Club Enigma, which runs until February 2015, will win a �3,000 cash prize.

Bands will be showcasing their talents in a Battle of the Bands competition taking place in Harborough from tonight (Friday) – with a £3,000 prize up for grabs for the eventual winner.

The contest is raising money for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. Entry is free.

The Enigma nightclub in Coventry Road, Harborough, is hosting the event, with heats starting from tonight at 7.30pm, and running weekly until next February.

Tonight’s combatants are Jacksboro Highway, The Gifford Band, Heavy Sol and Further Than Forever.

All the weeks are now filled and they will be taking part to raise vital funds for the air ambulance.

Serving more than two million people across three counties, the air ambulance provides advanced pre-hospital care and a rapid transfer to hospital to those casualties who need it most.

The service receives no Government funding and relies solely on public donations and events such as this to keep the helicopter in the skies.

The event is being organised by district businessmen Greg Morris, the manager of Enigma, and Stewart Aitchison.

Mr Morris said: “£3,000 is a lot of money for any band that wants to make it to the big time. Not only is this Battle of the Bands a great opportunity for a band to make money and earn recognition, but it’s also for an incredibly worthwhile cause.

“The air ambulance is a fantastic charity to support and we are more than happy to be raising vital funds for them.

“The judging will be made by a panel, so it’s not just a popularity contest.”

Each band will have to take part in two heats to make the final on February 27 next year, which will be made up of four acts.

The contest has 64 entries signed-up, so the competition will be keenly-fought.

For more details, or to support the event, call Mr Morris on 07951 272 800 or email morrisgreg7@aol.com.

It is the first time a significant Battle of the Bands contest has been held in Harborough for eight years.

The last time, in 2006, it was also held at Enigma and saw Retro run out as winners.

Story by Alex Blackwell.

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