If you follow me on any of my social media, you’ll have noticed that I keep mentioning the “A Shot At Discovery” competition hosted by The Pogues Irish Whiskey. But what’s it all about and why do I keep talking about it?
The Pogues Irish Whiskey’s “A Shot At Discovery” is a competition which aims to discover the next best rock band in the UK. Over 800 bands applied, and out of those a handful of bands were chosen to compete in regional heats at O2 academies across the country, with the winner of each heat making it through to the final in London. On the 27th April, 10 bands will compete at the O2 Academy Islington in a bid to be crowned the UK’s next best thing, with The Pogues’ Spider Stacy and The Libertines’ Gary Powell amongst the high profile music industry judges. Up for grabs for the winners are a host of prizes including £3,000 towards band gear and the chance to record an EP with the The Pogues as guest producers. So, for any undiscovered band, it’s a pretty big deal!
Just over a month ago, I headed to the O2 Academy Leicester to support Stupid Boots, a five piece from my hometown of Rugby, in the regional heat for the competition. After travelling on the “Boots Bus” to Leicester, we were all excited to see the boys take to the stage. When each band had performed their quarter of an hour slots, we all waited nervously for the announcement of the heat winner. Seconds after Stupid Boots were announced as the winners, drinks went flying, cheers went up and the boys were up on stage accepting their well earned bottle of The Pogues Irish Whiskey. The bus journey back to Rugby was one to remember and that bottle of whiskey arrived home with not a drop left inside.
Out of over 800 bands across the country, Stupid Boots have made it to the final 10 in the competition, and the “Boots Bus” is waiting to take its next trip down to London with more Boots fans than ever. To have come this far in the competition just shows the talent that the boys have for songwriting, playing live and keeping a crowd on their feet. To see them perform at the final will fill everyone from Rugby with so much pride, and if they were to win, they would be given the opportunity of a lifetime to progress as a band, something that they all dream of doing.
I wish the boys the best of luck and I can’t wait to support them down in London! You can give Stupid Boots a listen over on their Soundcloud here.