Anticure storm into semi-finals

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AN AMBITIOUS band with strong ties to Hucknall have wowed judges in the latest round of a talent search that could lead to international recognition — thanks partly to Dispatch readers.

After winning the first stage of the Surface Festival competition, Anticure (pictured) have stormed through the second regional round in Birmingham, coming first with the highest number of text votes and audience votes.

Now they have qualified for the regional semi-finals, also in Birmingham, on Saturday July 14.

It is the next stage of a road that could lead to national, European and world finals.

The winning act will earn financial backing and a deal to play concerts throughout Europe and further afield. The value of the first prize is in excess of £100,000.

Anticure are made up of guitarist Dave Russhard (26), of Bridge Court, Hucknall; drummer Daniel Mooken (25), of Coronation Road, Bestwood Village; bass guitarist Marc Davies (25), formerly of Hucknall and now living in St Ann’s; and lead vocalist Dana Dempster (17), of Calverton.

The group have been going since 2004 but have been given fresh impetus with the addition of Dana to the line-up earlier this year.

Dave said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed by the support we have received so far and really can’t thank Dispatch readers enough for their help.”

Fans can continue to vote for Anticure in the competition by texting midlands 3076 to 64343.