Glasto hope for teen singer-songwriter

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 December 2010

Ellie Rialas, Singer and songwriter, Kings of Wessex school, Cheddar.

Ellie Rialas, Singer and songwriter, Kings of Wessex school, Cheddar.

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A TEENAGER from Mark is hoping a competition held by Avon and Somerset Police will propel her on the road to stardom.

Ellie Rialas, Singer and songwriter, Kings of Wessex school, Cheddar.

Singer-songwriter Ellie Rialas, 15, from The Causeway, is one of 12 regional semi-finalists taking part in the Live and Unsigned Competition, which will give one act the unique opportunity to play at Glastonbury festival.

And the Kings of Wessex School pupil is confident she’s got what it takes to go all the way and play alongside heroes U2 on next year’s bill.

She will take her place alongside 12 other acts from the South West in the semi final workshop on January 23 in Bristol, when they will be whittled down to eight finalists.

She said: “It’s pretty amazing really, it’s a good opportunity for me and I’m really excited about it.

“I’ve never been to Glastonbury before, but I have seen it on TV, and one of my friends has been before, and it looks great, I’d really love to play there.”

The Year 10 pupil, who counts James Morrison and The Beatles as major influences, said: “I only started playing the guitar about two years ago, but I haven’t really done any gigs before.

“I decided to apply for the competition after my Mum pointed it out to me in the Mercury, I think I’m good enough to win it.

“My parents have been very supportive of me all the way, and they’re very proud of me. My friends at school are all really happy for me too.

“I just hope I do really well at the semi final and then get the chance to play in the final – it would be brilliant to get to actually play at Glastonbury.”

If Ellie gets through the semi final ‘boot camp’ day, where the acts will have the chance to work with music industry experts, then she will take her place among the eight finalists on April 10 at Bristol’s Colston Hall.

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