IT’S a stage that has welcomed big names such as Liam Gallagher, Blur and The Stone Roses.
And now five Leeds teenagers will follow in their footsteps as they take to the stage to battle it out in a music competition.
Teen rockers Life’s on Standby will perform at the O2 Academy in Leeds next week after making it to the final of the O2 SoundWave Music Competition.
The band is one of 13 unsigned acts from across Yorkshire and the north of England to earn a coveted place in the final on Saturday, January 17.
Speaking to the YEP, lead guitarist Nathan said: “We didn’t really think we would get this far.
“We did a live gig for one of the competition rounds and things went wrong and we came out thinking it was over.”
But despite their initial disappointment, the hard-working band made it through another three rounds and into the final.
Nathan added: “When I got the phone call to say that we would be playing at the O2 Academy I just screamed down the phone.
“I had to ask the guy to repeat it a few times.”
Speaking about the upcoming gig, he said: “We’re a little bit nervous about it but excited too.
“It’s weird to think that bands we’ve looked up to have played on that stage, and now we’ll be performing on it too.”
The lucky competition winner will win recording time and other music industry prizes.
Other finalists include Anna McLuckie, JXNO, Terri Ann, Zim, The Zillaz, Sea Based Turtles, Play Record Erase, The Escapades, Pink Sticks, Brigadoon, The Jacques and Emma Winstanley.
Special guest Anna McLuckie will also perform at the final.
Anna recently appeared on The Voice UK and has more than 20million views on YouTube with her version of ‘Get Lucky’.
For more information or to buy tickets for the final, visit the O2 Academy Leeds website at www.o2academyleeds.co.uk.