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Scarlet, which is led by former St Helens College student, Jessie Robinson, is in the running to win Firestone's Road to the Main Stage award. ScarletThe prize includes a VW Touring van; an Orange Amplifier backline; a MainStage festival slot and a week’s recording in a London studio.

This year, the band has released single Bones, and played festivals such as Kendal Calling, The Great Escape, Sound City Festival and more. They have also supported acts such as Bob Geldof and Wolf Alice, and worked with producers Jon Withnall, (Coldplay) and Michael Johnson (Joy Division, Pink Floyd, New Order and Stone Roses).

Jessie, who completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology at St Helens College, said: "We were interviewed by Radio 1's Abbie McCarthy at a big press day in London and it's been really exciting.

"We would love to win the competition, we have been in third place, first place, and last place over the last few days, the votes are changing every day all of the time so we are not safe until the final day when the final votes are counted - anything could happen."

Jessie added: "These prizes would propel us on our way forward, the van would help us with touring, were currently always struggling for transport when we tour, our cars are empty shells close to blowing up with the amount of miles they have done!

"The recording session would enable us to record our next EP for free, music costs so much to make, and so this would take a huge amount of financial pressure off of us.

"The MainStage festival slot, that would let us do what we love the most about being in a band, playing live, being heard, and having fun, and the Orange equipment would level up our live sound."