Norfolk band Come in Silence hope to rock to victory in Live At Your Local contest at the O2

PUBLISHED: 11:28 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:28 09 August 2017

Come in Silence band members, from left, Dawson Vincent , Danny James, Gene Furneaux and Joe Penson. Picture: Courtesy of Come in Silence

Come in Silence band members, from left, Dawson Vincent , Danny James, Gene Furneaux and Joe Penson. Picture: Courtesy of Come in Silence


A Norfolk band that wants to see “proper rock back in the charts” is vying to be part of a national music final in London.

Four-piece Come in Silence is among 23 bands that have made it through regional contests in a Greene King and Radio X Live At Your Local competition, and are hoping votes from our readers will help put them in the final at Indigo at the O2 on August 18.

Members Danny James, 26, Luke Dawson Vincent, 22, Joe Penson, 26 and Gene Furneaux, 21, hail from Wymondham and Attleborough, and are hoping success in the competition will help propel them to further success.

Mr James said: “We’re absolutely beside ourselves being able to get through to this stage and overwhelmed from our fans support so far. We faced a lot of good musicians and it gives us such confidence to be the judges’ pick.

“It would be nerve-wracking in the final, on such a big stage with a massive crowd, the competition will only be stronger than before, but we will go out there and play our best and hope it’s enough.”

Mr James said the band’s influences included Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Extreme and AC/DC.

He said: “We want to see proper rock back in the charts.”

They plan to play a song called Never Learn, which Mr James said was: “about making mistakes in life, and love, mistakes you should learn from, but every time you get in the same situation again.”

Mr James said the band formed two years ago and had built a steady following playing covers of 1980s rock hits at pubs and festivals.

He said they had started to write their own music and had released songs on SoundCloud and Facebook, and plan to release a debut EP this winter.

Mr James said they would be thrilled to win the final, which comes with prizes including £5,000, a day at a top London studio and their music to be put on jukeboxes at all Greene King pubs.

Seven bands will be selected for the final. Mr James said he hoped music fans across the region would give their song a listen and lend them their votes before the deadline closes tomorrow (Thursday, August 10).

To vote for Come in Silence, visit


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