Last Call to gig

Rob Hudson and Daniel Gilson from Castleford. Through to the Live & Unsigned final to be held at the O2 Arena in Leeds in front of an estimated 12,000 crowd.'p305a226
Rob Hudson and Daniel Gilson from Castleford. Through to the Live & Unsigned final to be held at the O2 Arena in Leeds in front of an estimated 12,000 crowd.'p305a226

A CASTLEFORD teenager is heading to London’s O2 Arena next week to compete in the final of music competition Live and Unsigned.

Daniel Gilson, 19, of Beech Crescent, Townville, is bassist with Last Call, which made it through three rounds of heats to make it to the grand final in London on July 14.

Live and Unsigned is the biggest original music competition in the UK, attracting more than 40,000 entrants this year and is open to all genres of music.

Last Call, which also includes singer Charlotte McNichol, 16, guitarist Rob Hudson, 18, and drummer Jack McSwiney, 17, formed nearly two years ago and have played at venues around the region, including Leeds Irish Centre, the Cockpit, Shedbar and New Roscoe in Leeds.

Daniel’s father Neil Gilson said: “This has been their biggest success to date, they went through audition stages, regional finals and then the north and north west area finals at Huddersfield Town Hall.

“Only three out of 22 went through to the grand final, which brilliantly included them.”

There are four categories in the final, rock and metal, acoustic, urban and pop and indie and alternative, which Last Call is competing in.

Each category winner will then vie to be named the overall Live and Unsigned winner. The show is also being filmed for a documentary to be broadcast on Sky TV.