An X-factor nearly-ran who scooped a warm up slot at this summer’s Sportbeat festival is hoping for a second shot at fame after winning a battle of the bands competition.
Street warblers John Adams and Dave Beech stepped in as late replacements for the comp after organiser Jody Gooding spotted them busking on Eastgate Street.
Impressed by their laid back style, Jody invited them in to try their luck and one barnstorming performance later and John and Dave were voted by an expert panel as worthy winners.
“As soon as the duo went on stage it was obvious that they were at ease and instantly had an amazing connection with the audience,” said Jody, a Sportbeat director..
“John and Dave played a couple of original songs, which were well received, as well as a stirring cover of Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’.
“The duo had to dash off before finding out their fate but left a calling card just in case they won. It was disappointing they were unable to take to the stage again after winning. But as it was a spur of the moment appearance, it was understandable.
“John said that his girlfriend wouldn’t have been too impressed to be stood up and left waiting at the airport.”
After the competition, Jody looked up John on Twitter to pass on the good news and discovered he had an impressive 22,000 followers.
It was then his back story of competing on the 2012 X-Factor became clear.
Cardiff maths teacher John made it to the final 12 male artists, after impressing Simon Cowell and the judges with a rendition of Damien Rice’s Cannonball.
The duo will join Soul II Soul, Reverend and the Makers, Razorlight Ordinary Boys, The Hoosiers and DJ Jaguar Skills at the music and sports festival at Plock Court on June 7-8.
Jody added: “You can hear the influence, in John’s music, of his favourite singers Passenger, James Blunt and James Morrison.
“Sportbeat are excited to have John and Dave as part of the festival and are sure they will prove an instant hit.
“We have worked with talented agents around the world to find acts that fit with our line-up and ethos of giving Gloucestershire the summer festival it deserves.
“Our headliners Razorlight and Grammy award-winning Saturday headliners Soul II Soul are evidence of this.”
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You can view John’s X-Factor audition here