Guide Awards 2013 Best Band: Kassassin Street

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Talented local rockers Kassassin Street have had a very productive 2013, playing Blissfields, Southsea Fest, Victorious Festival and a BBC Introducing session.

The five-piece formed in 2009 from a group of childhood friends, college friends and siblings after a series of jam sessions during the summer of that year.

Best Band winners Kassassin Street with Geoff Priestley (third from left) manager of the Wedgewood Rooms.

Best Band winners Kassassin Street with Geoff Priestley (third from left) manager of the Wedgewood Rooms.

The band delayed their official launch until 2010 in order to finish their degrees and regroup from distant homes in Huddersfiled and North London.

Finally back inPortsmouth, they spent a year sending bedroom-recorded four-track demos around the country, writing, re-writing, shuffling and getting boring jobs to pay for new guitars until they were finally ready to start intensively rehearsing and setting a date to launch the band.

The band’s influences are many and varied, drawing from ’60s and ’70s beat and psychedelia, through to modern rock, experimental and electronic styles.

Rowan Bastable, guitar player for Kassassin Street, said: ‘It feels really good to have won.

‘It’s our first Guide Award so it’s great.

‘It’s really nice that everyone got behind us, we’re really grateful for that.

‘This is third time lucky for us.

‘We really appreciate it, it’s wicked.’

He added: ‘We were up against loads of our friends, so even if we didn’t win it would be a good result anyway.

‘It was wicked being on stage to get the award, though we’re kind of used to it I suppose.

‘It’s a lot quicker being up there to get an award than when we’re performing.

‘It was nice to be recognised and it would be good to come back next year and win again.

‘2014 should be a good year for us. We’re looking at releasing our debut single in April hopefully and we’re going to do a few local gigs and festivals in the summer.’