BAND OF THE YEAR: Fierce Morgan through to the final WITH PICTURE SLIDESHOW

Melodic four-piece Fierce Morgan stormed to victory at the semi final of Band of the Year.

The contest, hosted by the Derbyshire Times and Real Time Live saw the pop-punk outfit guaranteed a place in the final which will take place at Real Time on February 27.

But the competition is not over for the other acts as in total six bands will go through to the final.

The next semi final will take place on February 20 when Somewhat Unprepared, Little Crazy, Executive Crew, GretaNova, Sleepy Eyes and Ben Miles will be playing.

Last night, Thursday February 13, the crowd was treated to a feast of talent as five top acts took to the stage.

Alternative young rockers GTR kicked off the night in style.

The five-piece played an unusual and catchy mix of heavy rock led by the sultry vocals of frontwoman Hannah Waterfield.

Next up was Blakshine.

The veteran rockers put on a faultless show and got the audience on their feet with riff laden grooves with hooks a-plenty.

Acoustic singer Liam Parkinson was third to showcase his talent.

The 17-year-old’s beautiful voice brought a freshness to timeless classics and proved being a one-man act was no hindrance to keeping the crowd entertained.

Next on the billing, Fierce Morgan, hit the stage with force. The four-piece didn’t shy away from putting on a great performance and the room was buzzing after the energetic show.

Finally instrumental post-rock/metal band Fly on Byrd, Fly on, blew the crowd away with their epic sound, closing the night on a high.

The judges were faced with a tough decision but after around 20 minutes of deliberating Fierce Morgan was crowned victor.

Entry to each of the events is £3 on the door.

Ages 14 plus are welcome but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.