Rockers on high after playing festival

IPSWICH-based band Rosalita are today biding their time before making a decision on their future after appearing at one of England's biggest music festivals.

IPSWICH-based band Rosalita are today biding their time before making a decision on their future after appearing at one of England's biggest music festivals.

The five strong post-punk group beat 3,000 hopefuls to be crowned winners of Channel 4's Road to V television talent show.

The band went on to perform a 20-minute set on stage at Chelmsford's Hylands Park on Saturday, August 18, opening the massive V Festival.

Keyboard player Ben Groom said: “It was a surreal experience. We arrived in our little green van and parked near all the other touring buses.

“We didn't have a manger or anyone to do things for us so there was a lot of running around.”

Grapsing the opportunity to meet rock heroes like Dave Grohl, Jarvis Cocker and Pete Doherty, Mr Groom said the band enjoyed the experience.

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The 24-year-old, of the Stoke Park area of Ipswich, said: “It was great and the biggest crowd we have played for. We could see fans we had played to in Norwich and Ipswich wearing our t-shirts in the crowd.”

Mr Groom said it was strange seeing the name Rosalita on the dressing room door next to famous bands including The Kooks, Babyshambles and The Foo Fighters.

He added: “It was a short insight into the rock and roll lifestyle. We were soon back in our green van playing in Welwyn Garden City.”

Mr Groom said the group had promoters and the music industry interested in their music as a result of the performance.

He added: “We are biding our time before we make the right decision.”

Did you see Rosalita at V? Are you a fan? What do you think? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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