UK: The sudden split of prospective headline act The Cooper Temple Clause scuppered the originally scheduled finale of AKG's Unsigned Heroes event in late April, but now the end really is in sight for the 2007 contest with distributor Harman Pro UK announcing that the final will now take place prior to Club NME at London's KOKO on Friday June 1st. Unsigned Heroes has focused on "the MySpace community" in its bid to track down the best as-yet unsigned band in the UK and Eire.
From an original pool of 801 entries, the contest has been narrowed down to a final trio of acts - The Kashmirs, Flamboyant Bella and The Standards - who will now take the stage at KOKO on June 1st, ahead of the Club NME event there later the same evening. DJ support comes from Primal Scream bassist Mani.
"We are extremely excited about the final and at the same incredibly nervous, although nowhere near as nervous as the bands themselves, I bet!" AKG's Amanda Chester told PSN-e recently. "They are really good bands but have extremely different styles. I wish them all the best of luck."
The band that emerges triumphant will take away prizes including a recording session with a name producer, PA equipment worth over _10,000, and the chance to play the Isle of Wight Festival on the Platform 1 stage.
Entrance to the final will be free before 8.30 (and _7 per person afterwards), with the first 300 through the door receiving a free drink. Anyone entering before 8.30 will also have free access to the Club NME event, which will feature NME regulars Kubicheck and the winning band from the Unsigned Heroes final.