SINCE the rock and pop section of the city’s annual music festival was introduced five years ago, it has been going from strength to strength.
The section was brought in after a demand was recognised for the musical genre.
And band Dark White, whose members go to Cowplain Community School, Hart Plain Avenue, were thrilled when they found out they won the Best Overall Band category.
The trio, made up of Pete Wilkinson, 16, Andy Mills, 16 and Phil Gerrish, 16, play rock music.
They cover songs from bands such as Thin Lizzy and Metallica.
Founding member Andy, who plays guitar, said: ‘I grew up listening to rock music and I really enjoy it.
‘I started the band with a friend as a hobby and now we’re starting to play a lot more.’
As part of their winnings the threesome have also been told they will be the opening act at this year’s Blues At The Fort festival, which takes place in Fort Purbrook, in May.
Drummer Phil said: ‘We go on stage because we enjoy performing and I know on the day there were a lot of great bands. We’re all really excited to be playing the festival in Purbrook, it’ll be the biggest audience we will have performed before.
‘We’ve always done this as a hobby, but I think we’d be interested in making a career out of it.’
During the festival 27 acts took part.
John Gleadall, head of the rock and pop section, said: ‘It was brilliant, we had a really good time.
‘This section has only been running for five years, but since it was introduced it has been going from strength to strength.
‘What we noticed was there was no provision for this style of music, it was all geared towards classical musicians.
‘But there is a huge swell in the number of people interested and so the section was introduced.
‘And what’s great is we’re seeing youngsters who took part in previous years come back with vast improvements.
‘What we also like is the way the bands come to hear what other bands are playing.’