A TEENAGE guitarist from Hucknall is a key component of a heavy-metal band hoping to land a berth at one of the biggest tribute and new-act music festivals in Europe.
Danny Bramley (16) is part of the group Plague Of Ares, who have auditioned to perform at the annual Glastonbudget show.
The event at Wymeswold, Leicestershire, attracts up to 10,000 music-lovers to watch more than 130 bands across six stages.
Auditions have been held nationwide with Plague Of Ares taking to the stage at The Maze on Mansfield Road, Nottingham.
Danny and his fellow band members — lead singer Kirsty Davis, drummer Adam Smith, bassist Scott Moody and guitarist Simon Clay — are now waiting to find out if they get the nod from the judges.
In the meantime, the group are concentrating on gigging and putting together tracks in the hope they can strike the big time and land a record deal.
It is a major ambition for Danny, who has been playing since the age of 12 when he was bought a guitar for Christmas. Danny passed his GCSE music exam with a grade A at the age of 13!
He has blossomed as a guitarist under a tutor in Top Valley and made a bid to join Plague Of Ares when the group posted an advert on the website, joinmyband.com.
He combines studying for A-levels in music, maths, physics and chemistry with performing with the band.
“They are very good,” said Danny’s mum, Sue. “The band are like a family and, given a bit of luck and the right opportunities, they could do well.”
The band have a manager and post their music on the websites, Facebook and MySpace.
Upcoming gigs include Ladyfest at The Maze a week tomorrow (Saturday November 19), Hilcote Miners Welfare in Hilcote, Alfreton on Friday November 25 and Kettlebrook Lodge, Kimberley on Saturday November 26.
Last month, they played a fundraising gig for Danny’s sister, well-known Hucknall gymnast Katy Bramley. It collected £244 towards Katy and her colleagues competing in the USA next year.
n OUR PHOTO shows (from left) Danny, Simon, Scott, Adam and lead singer Kirsty.