AFTER meeting at the age of 15, a chance to perform at one of the country’s best-loved music festivals has been a long time coming for 21-year-old singer Bello Ingram and his band Chinese Missy.
Formed in Cheltenham – but now residing in London – the four-piece are part of a battle of the bands-style competition which will see eight acts invited to play at Download Festival in Leicestershire from June 13 to 15.
The competition, spearheaded by Red Bull, takes place with an online voting system whereby acts must campaign through social media in order to gain votes from their fans.
Chinese Missy are one of 15 acts left in the competition who will go on to record at the Red Bull studios in London.
Having already been voted to the final by the public and a board of judges, the outfit are once again urging fans to vote them into the final eight.
“We’ve got a lot of friends in Cheltenham that have been really supportive,” said Bello who hopes to play a hometown gig in return for their support.
The band take a “less is more approach” to gigging Bello says which is a conscious approach.
“We tend to play a big show once a month and ram it instead of playing every other night,” he says. “It’s less intrusive.”
This doesn’t mean theur performance is lacklustre though as Bello is quick to point out.
“At every show we give it our all,” he said, adding “At Download we’d just go absolutely mental I suppose.”
Official voting for the competition closes this Friday at 5pm.
Information on how to vote for Chinese Missy can be found at www.facebook.com/chinesemissy