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University band Concrete Caverns rock to win competition final

Band formed while studying BA Popular Music reach new heights as winners in Parliament’s Rock The House competition

Members of the band Concrete CavernsConcrete Caverns, a band formed at Middlesex University, have been named as the winner of the Rock The House UK Music Competition - Parliament’s largest competition.

Rock The House invites musicians to enter their original material to their MP, whereupon finalists are selected by a panel of industry executives.

Members of the band include Joe Driffield, Zach Stone, Liam Banga and Dan Fishlock. All are current students on the BA Popular Music course at Middlesex.

Ahead of the final, Liam Banga, bassist of the band and second year student said, “We’re not nervous about it because we play all of the time. If we don’t win it won’t be the end of the world because just being involved is good”

“The practice space at Middlesex is ridiculously good. We can access it whenever we want. The recording facilities have [also] been a big help in terms of recording our demos and getting stuff online.”

From headlining at The Horn in St Albans to playing at other central London musical hotspots such as the Alley Cat and The Water Rats, Concrete Caverns are destined for big things.

The band’s success in the competition also comes shortly after playing in a sell-out show at the 02 Academy in Islington for the Middlesex University Groove gig, which celebrates musical talent at the University.

Concrete Caverns, represented Conservative MP for St Albans, Anne Main, will have their song played in Parliament. Prizes for winners included live music slots, recording sessions and radio and TV airplay.

“I am delighted to put Concrete Caverns through to the next round of this competition. It’s great that we are now able to showcase young musicians in our parliament, says Anne Main MP.

Looking to the future, Concrete Caverns are both ambitious and deadly serious about their musical career. Other than hoping to win Rock The House the band will continue to gig and tour, meanwhile living up to their rock n’ roll image by living in a van.

Learn more about music at Middlesex University.

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