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CARDIFF MUSICIANS ALBATROSS ARCHIVE WIN BIG IN CITY MUSIC COMPETITION.

Albatross Archive triumphed in the final of Cardiff's The Big Gig.

The annual Cardiff council-run competition seeks to unearth the best new local music talent . This year it was held at The Globe on Albany Road and saw the innovative electro-pop three-piece walk off with first prize.

The band, who met at Cardiff University, saw off five other acts and wowed the crowd and judges with their inventive and atmospheric electronica that included a unique stage set-up and imaginative visuals.

Albatross Archive will now receive an array of fantastic prizes including the chance to work with legendary South Wales music producer Charlie Francis.

"We're utterly shocked by winning this competition," said frontman Richard Jackson. "It's been an amazing experience.

"All the bands have been fantastic and we're just really confused as to why people who know what they're talking about chose us."

Mountain Ash's aspiring pop stars Fingertrap grabbed second place with a playfully humorous performance and incendiary rap-rock outfit Paint Happy, who thrilled with a typically physical set, finished third.

"We can't wait to work with Charlie, but as I say we're still in shock!" As well as the recording time with Charlie Francis at Music Box Studios, Albatross Archive will also record a session for Nation Radio, and appear at Cardiff's Hub Festival in August.

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Albatross Archive in action during their winning set at The Big Gig held at The Globe in Cardiff
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 5, 2014
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