Aussie tour prize for live act star

Singer Lucy Spraggan, Buxton

Singer Lucy Spraggan, Buxton

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A BUXTON musician continues to make a name for herself after finishing as a runner-up in the UK’s biggest competition for new music, at London’s O2 arena.

Solo artist Lucy Spraggan wowed the judges in front of a packed house last Saturday as she clinched the runner-up spot in the urban category final of Live and Unsigned 2011.

She said: “To get this far, out of 10,000 auditionees, I am pretty happy with myself. It was an absolutely amazing experience; I think it was the biggest crowd I had ever played in front of.”

More than 6,000 festival-goers were at Live Fest, which ran alongside the Grand Final.

Live Fest is London’s biggest indoor festival with names such as Tinchy Stryder, Zane Lowe, Roll Deep and The Hoosiers on the bill across five stages within the O2 arena.

In the final, Lucy performed a three-and-a-half minute set which included half of her own song Last Night along with a mega-mix of tracks including Umbrella by Rihanna, Confessions by Usher, Fields of Gold by Sting and Loose Yourself by Eminem.

Finishing second means Lucy has won a tour of Australia. She has been selected to represent the UK at the massive Go Connect festival in Melbourne.

Lucy, a former Buxton Community School and Buxton College student, now faces a busy couple of months, with the release of a new album and a host of summer festival performances.

The singer-songwriter will also be supporting Wreckless Eric at The Greystones in Sheffield tonight (Friday).

For more about Lucy and her upcoming gigs, visit www.lucyspraggan.com, or for more about the competition visit www.liveandunsigned.uk.com.