The Colliers win first heat of Rock Open 2012
The 2012 Rock Open kicked off with a bang as six bands battled it out to reach the final.
Heat one was held at the Bridge Inn, Station Road, Scunthorpe.
Judges voted indie-rockers The Colliers through to the final.
The Haxey five-piece features Chris Garbutt on guitar, Harry Bullas on bass, Luke Goodall on keyboards, Daniel Stephenson on drums, and singer-guitarist Mitch Russon.
Big things are expected of the band, who have already played the O2 Academies in Liverpool and Glasgow, after Chris won the 2009 Rock Open with his previous band 4Kicks.
Dynamic trio Jackhammer, who reached the semi-finals last year, were first to take the stage. Carl Pawson, Andy Shaw and Shaun Burrell did a good job warming up the crowd with their big guitar solos and choruses.
Guitarist Carl said: "Our attitude is to just turn up and play.
"I let the guitar do the talking.
"There are a lot of upcoming bands performing this year and we wish them all the best."
Punk band Dyin’ Flies, who feature Jim Cooper, Chris Heald and Steve Kyte,were making their Rock Open debut.
They were followed by prog-metallers Dark Mantra - runners-up in 2008 - who impressed the audience with their epic guitar solos.
Barton-based rockers Eskimo Party were making their debut after forming only six months ago.
Singer Steve 'Scoober' Bottomby said it was "a fantastic experience".
Hawk of Fury also played.
Among the judges was Joe Malanpisa, who was celebrating the 30th anniversary of his band Music UK's victory in the first Rock Open, in 1982.