A NEW band has made it through to the finals of a competition that could see them win festival slots, gigs, and free studio time.

The band, Swimsuit Competition, is made up of front-woman Amber Scott, bassist Toby Scott, lead guitarist Michael Illingworth and drummer Gaz Burney.

All from Harwich, Little Oakley and Manningtree, they formed the band last summer and entered the national competition Pirate Prodigies which searches for emerging new talent in the UK.

Toby said: "We have been selected from 4,000 submissions and we have reached the final six.

"We saw the competition online and had to send off one of our songs to enter.

"From this they chose our song.

"We chose to enter as we saw it would be a brilliant opportunity if we were to get it.

"The opportunities that we could get from this are insane."

The prize up for grabs would see the band play at festivals and exclusive gigs across the UK as well as get mentoring from a number of industry professionals.

Toby added: "Last years winners have since toured in Korea, secured a top 50 album and a record deal in the past year.

"We formed in summer 2018 so haven't been going for very long so this is a brilliant opportunity."

As part of getting to the final, the band travelled to Pirate Studios and recorded a live video of their single called Wasted.

But to win, they need public votes.

The videos will also be judged by industry professionals including TV presenter and former radio DJ Edith Bowman, Radio 1 DJs Jamz Supernova and Toddla T, Isabella Summers from hit band Florence and The Machine and Jammer from Lord of the Mics.

Each of the finalists' video has been uploaded to Youtube.

To vote you must subscribe to Pirate Studios' Youtube channel and then like the video.

Swimsuit Competition's entry, a guitar-driven indie-rock track, is available at youtu.be/rbWX8nZPvg4