This was the Heroes of She’s most important gig since the final of BT’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ at the Post Office Tower. The venue – the Willow Club in Manchester; The event– the regional final of the ‘Live and Unsigned’ competition; The crowd- 500 very enthusiastic fans; The prize- a chance to play at the O2 stadium. 19 finalists took part and each had to play a 3 and half minute set comprising of part cover/part original competition. The result was decided by a panel of 5 music industry judges who took into account the votes and the enthusiasm of the audience. The Heroes of She played a blinding set starting with ‘My Sharona’ followed by a cut down version of their second single, ‘Delusional’. It was trilling to hear them singled out for praise by two of the judges. Then came the finale when the winners were announced, in no particular order. There was an agonising wait as the names of the winning bands were read out. Finally, at the last gasp, the compare read out the name of the Heroes of She to enormous cheering and to my enormous relief.