Young Alford band get their big break

Alford band Two Step will be performing in front of thousands at the Lincolnshire Show, pictured from left, Jake Taylor, Arthur Wood, Jacob Asar, Scott McHamilton and Zac Wilson.
Alford band Two Step will be performing in front of thousands at the Lincolnshire Show, pictured from left, Jake Taylor, Arthur Wood, Jacob Asar, Scott McHamilton and Zac Wilson.
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Five school friends from Alford who formed a band during GCSE music have been offered their biggest ever gig after winning a radio station talent competition.

Indie guitar band Two Step recently progressed through Lincs FM’s You’ve Got Talent competition, earning them a performance in front of thousands of spectators at the Lincolnshire Show next month.

Guitarist Jake Taylor says the band are all hoping to make the most of their fantastic opportunity.

“There are going to be 20,000 people at the event so that will be our biggest ever gig,” he said. “We are all really excited about it but we’ve had enough experience not to be phased by it, so I’m just looking forward to playing and so are the rest of the band.”

The young musicians are all currently studying for their A-levels at Queen Elizabeth II Grammar School, where they got together through their shared love of music.

They have been rehearsing as a band for the past two years and have already performed at major events including last year’s SO Festival and Bathing Beauties events.

Taking influence from such diverse genres as jazz and rhythm and blues, their ‘chimey guitar sound’ has been likened to upbeat indie acts such as The Arctic Monkeys and Bloc Party.

During their 10 minute Lincs FM audition at Club Tropicana in Chapel St Leonards they also performed a crowd pleasing cover of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, however they hope to have the chance to focus more on their own material.

“We want to move towards playing entirely our own music,” added Jake. “Eventually we want to be playing all over the country and, if we are really lucky, all around the world.

“We want people to love our music - that’s the dream.”

Jake is joined on guitars by Zac Wilson, Scott McHamilton on bass, Arthur Wood on vocals, and Jacob Asar on drums.

They have booked a busy gigging schedule leading up to the Lincolnshire Show on June 19 and 20 and beyond.

This Bank Holiday weekend alone Two Step has been booked to play at Grand Central Skegness from 2pm on Saturday and again on Sunday afternoon; The Vine in Chapel St Leonards from 9pm on Saturday and The Blacksmiths Arms in Skendleby from 8pm on Sunday.

To listen to their EP visit [https://soundcloud.com/twostepofficial/sets/the-start-of-a-good-ending-ep|Soundclound] and to contact the band email twostepofficial@gmail.com.