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Will you be swingin' on stage with Tony?

PUBLISHED: 16:29 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:45 05 July 2010

JUNIOR band leaders from Suffolk and Norfolk will have the chance to sing in front of thousands - and share the stage with Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley - if they come out top in an X-Factor fight.

JUNIOR band leaders from Suffolk and Norfolk will have the chance to sing in front of thousands - and share the stage with Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley - if they come out top in an X-Factor fight.

The quest is on to find a support act for Tony Hadley and his Big Band when they appear at a gig at Somerleyton Hall next month.

It takes place on Friday, August 15, and is Tony's only UK date as part of his Swinging True big band tour.

Tony will be one of the judges in the competition, along with Somerleyton Hall owner Hugh Crossley, who said: “We're looking for real magic. Bands can play any style of music, but they must sing a cover of a Frank Sinatra or Spandau Ballet song in keeping with Tony's Swinging True tour.”

As well as sharing the stage with the 1980s star, the winning band will scoop a £500 prize for their school, band or organisation.

But the competition will be tough.

Ahead of the long-awaited August gig, bands will have to submit CDs, then the final dozen will face a sing-off at Fritton House on Sunday, July 27, with the final four appearing on the night of the concert.

Over the following Fridays, budding stars are invited to attend heats at the Fisherman's Wharf, at South Pier, Lowestoft, or at the Pier Tavern at the Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth.

Mr Crossley said: “On the night of the gig the four remaining acts will sing in front of Tony and the Somerleyton audience, with the audience cheering for the winner. It promises to be one of the best concerts the hall has ever hosted. It will feature music from Tony's stunning swing album as well as big band arrangements of the Spandau hits.”

Tony will be performing with 17 of the UK's finest musicians. There will be tracks from his swing album, Passing Strangers, and new life will be breathed into classic hits True, Gold, Through The Barricades and Only When You Leave.

He will also be performing versions of several of his other favourite songs, such as Walking in Memphis, Let's Stick Together and That's Life.

Tickets for the event cost £27.50 for adults, or £30 on the night; £15 for children aged five to 15, or £20 on the night. There is also a 10pc discount for group bookings of 10 or more, and you can claim 5pc off if you have already bought a ticket for Rock With Laughter, which is being held on the Somerleyton estate the following evening.

They are now available from Norwich Theatre Royal on 01603 630000; Great Yarmouth Britannia Pier Theatre, 01493 842914; IML Concerts, 01603 660444 or www.iml.concerts.co.uk; or the UEA students union, 01603 508050.

There will also be a chance to win tickets as part of a competition being launched in The Advertiser later this month.

CD entries should be sent to: Sing with Tony, Somerleyton Estate office, Somerleyton Hall, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 5QQ, and the CD should be fully labelled. The closing date for entries is Sunday, July 20. Bands should be aged up to 18 only.

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