Band Goodnight Astronaut aiming for the stars

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AN AMBITIOUS band called Goodnight Astonaut are aiming for the stars — and a place on stage alongside chart-toppers Razorlight and Dizzee Rascal.

For the group, who feature Hucknall drummer Rik Gilbert, are gunning for success in the prestigious Future Sounds Of Nottingham competition.

Already they have beaten off dozens of other acts to make it through to the second stage of the contest, run by the Nottingham initiative NUSIC, which specialises in bringing unsigned acts into the public eye.

Twelve performers, including Goodnight Astronaut, played the Market Square in Nottingham during a mini-festival.

Now it is down to the public to vote and send their favourites through to the final at Rock City in Nottingham.

The top prize is a berth on the bill for the Splendour festival at Wollaton Hall in the summer when Razorlight and Dizzee are headlining.

Rik (21), of Kendal Close, who works for Rolls-Royce on Watnall Road, Hucknall, said: “To get to Rock City would be the big one for us because that is the sort of venue our style of music is made for. To get through to play Splendour would be a bonus.”

As well as drummer and backing singer Rik, the rest of Goodnight Astronaut is made up of lead singer Ben Deacon (24), of Nuthall; bass guitarist Liam Walters (24), of Hockley in the city centre; and guitarist Chris Litchfield (21), of Top Valley.

They specialise in alternative rock and their debut single, ’Kids Of Tomorrow’, is available through iTunes.

To vote for the band in the Future Sounds Of Nottingham contest, log on at