Homegrown stars are getting ready to rock

Glassbody from Leeds winners of the Martin House  Centre Stage  competion who will be playing on the BBC introducing stage at  the Leeds Festival. (l-r) Jared Lville, Theo Cookson, Cameron Fraser and Jamie Clarke pictured at Bramham Park.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Glassbody from Leeds winners of the Martin House Centre Stage competion who will be playing on the BBC introducing stage at the Leeds Festival. (l-r) Jared Lville, Theo Cookson, Cameron Fraser and Jamie Clarke pictured at Bramham Park. Picture Bruce Rollinson

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a HOST of homegrown musical talent will get the chance to debut at the ultimate rock arena at Leeds Festival this year.

Thirty-six groups have won their way to coveted spots on the now-legendary BBC Introducing Stage through a series of competitions across the UK.

And among them are Leeds teen rockers Glassbody, who triumphed in the annual Centre Stage competition, run by Martin House Children’s Hospice.

They were joined at Bramham Park yesterday by fellow festival debutantes Backyards, Bearfoot Beware, Escape To New York, Marsicans, Post War Glamour Girls, Proxies and We Were Frontiers for a launch event.

The four-piece, all 16, will now join Foo Fighters, The Cure, Kasabian, Florence + the Machine, Kaiser Chiefs, Bombay Bicycle Club and many more at this year’s August bank holiday rock extravaganza.

Glassbody – whose name is inspired by a Joy Division song – are made up of pairs of best friends who gelled musically by playing Smashing Pumpkins covers.

Speaking of their Leeds Festival gig, they said it would mean “everything”.

“Being in a band is our passion and love, and it’s all we want to do,” the lads said.

“It’s a huge opportunity for us to play at Leeds Festival so we can push ourselves even further.”

In its five years, the BBC Introducing Stage has seen debut performances from future stars such as Pulled Apart By Horses - who will make their Main Stage debut this year - Two Door Cinema Club, and Don Broco.

The bands are chosen through a combination of the BBC’s countrywide Introducing shows, Leeds promoters Futuresound, festival promoters Festival Republic and Martin House’s Centre Stage competition.

Also debuting are Leeds-based outfit Bearfoot Beware, who describe themselves as “a power trio known for their punctuality and good manners”.

Another local talent, the Post-War Glamour Girls, who won the Futuresound competition, will open the NME/Radio1 Stage.

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