Band face biggest test of their musical lives


A BAND with their roots in the Dispatch district are gearing up for the biggest night of their musical lives tomorrow (Saturday) when they compete in the next stage of an international talent search.

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

Now they will do battle against some of the best musicians in the countryin the regional semi-finals, also in Birmingham at The Asylum, tomorrow.

It represents the next step in a journey 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.

Fans can continue to vote for Anticure in the competition by texting midlands 3076 to 64343 (over-16s only).