Fenland band Fuel for the Fire makes the final of Live and Unsigned

A FENLAND group will battle it out at the O2 Arena for a top record contract.

Fuel for the Fire had been knocked out of Live and Unsigned at the semi-final stage but were given a second chance on a wildcard entry.

They will go up against a total of 40 performers in a bid to win a recording contract and �30,000 to release a single at the grand final on July 10.

Fuel for the Fire lead singer and guitarist Steven Chapman is confident he and drummer Ross Craib, lead guitarist Martin Hilliam, synthesiser Matt Locke and bass player Simon Dunkling can pull it off.

He said: “When we first entered the competition we thought it was going to be hard to pull it off. Now though, we are actually thinking we can do it.”

The group’s confidence is especially high as its wildcard entry into the final was based on support from the public. Fuel for the Fire was judged to be the most popular amongst its fans.

Steven added: “We have grown as a band throughout the competition. It is all so positive.”

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Live and Unsigned organisers said Fuel for the Fire had “dazzled the crowd” at previous performances.

Events director Chris Grayson said the judges would be looking for “originality, live ability and credibility” at the final.

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