Zebra Music - an instrument store located in Ilkeston - yesterday became more than the ultimate source for musicians with its variety of acoustic/ electric guitars and drums for purchase. It consequently became the battleground for Guitar Heroâ€™s spanning across the Ilkeston area, fighting for their chance to play at this years Bloodstock Open Air and win some very attractive prizes.
The competition began at 10am Saturday morning. Beginning with members of the Bloodstock Team who seemed to be more than â€œtestingâ€ the equipment in Pro-Battle Face-Off, soon after came the first contestant Matthew Gough who initially came second overall with a score of 234,945 on the song â€œRaining Bloodâ€, winning him and his parentsâ€™ tickets to this yearâ€™s final at the festival!
Devised of three runs, a practice run and then two tries for the participant to have a go and achieve his highest score for the price of Â£5, many came and had a go for the first-time! Among them were Niall Barker and Oliver Haywood, two boys around ten years old that gradually learned to play â€œSlow Rideâ€ right there at the competition venue and were there just to have fun.
Matthew Lewis, the resulting Guitar Hero Champion at venue Zebra music, left with a stunning 235,305 placing him straight into first, giving him a comfortable bench mark against future competitors later on in the day.
Yet, Saturday did hold a few surprises in its clutches, especially for young Charlotte Wong. By the afternoon 1st and 2nd place were held by both Matthews. After attaining the score of 156,869 on â€œWelcome to the Jungleâ€ by Gunsâ€™nâ€™Roses, medium difficulty, it seemed she didnâ€™t have a chance of winning the competition. Though when she was offered the chance to play a Guitar Hero Pro Face-Off against one of the Bloodstock Team members and won, she was thrown a wildcard as a 3rd prize winner awarded for her skill and determination during the competition; receiving a child and adult ticket to attend the finals.
All three winners will represent Zebra Music, Ilkeston, at the Guitar Hero Finals at this yearâ€™s Bloodstock Open Air Metal Festival later on this year in August. Well done to all those that attended the venue yesterday and we hope to see you all at Bloodstock!
Click Here to see some of the other Contestants from Guitar Hero on saturday .