Bands battle it out for top music award

PUBLISHED: 15:41 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009

A NATIONAL competition that launched the career of one Hertford band returns this weekend. The Red Stripe Music Award is the UK s most important contest for unsigned musicians. Last year s winners The Runners exploded onto the scene after their triumph. S

A NATIONAL competition that launched the career of one Hertford band returns this weekend.

The Red Stripe Music Award is the UK's most important contest for unsigned musicians.

Last year's winners The Runners exploded onto the scene after their triumph.

Since their victory, they have played live sessions for Radio One's Steve Lamacq, released a single, of which the NME said "stands out like a streaker in a roomful of nuns", and taken to the stage at two major music festivals.

They won their round at The Horn, St Albans, so the venue has a lot to live up to.

Hoping for a place in this year's final are The Phantom Jack, Magna Saga, Fugazirum and The Raid.

Prizes include slots at festivals and a tour bus. The final will take place in London in May.

The Horn's heat is on Friday, January 25.

Doors open at 8pm and entrance is £5.

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