when Kirkcaldy musician John Caldicott takes to the stage in the semi-final of the Open Mic UK competition he will have huge support behind him.
For the Adam Smith College electrical engineering student will have most of his family – and a large number of friends with him at the event in Dewsbury, near Leeds on November 24.
John (21), lives in the town’s Raith Gardens in the house once occupied by Coldplay bass player Guy Berryman, and he is hoping the musical influence in the house will bring him luck in his bid for stardom.
The former Balwearie High School pupil, who began taking guitar lessons and signing from the age of six, wowed music industry judges in the regional finals at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow recently, when he performed Amy Winehouse’s ‘Y’know I’m No Good.’
He was chosen as one of three Scottish representatives to go forward to the semi final.
From an audience of around 700 people, 150 friends and family were there to support John, and he is hoping for just as good a turnout in Dewsbury.
Said John: “I can’t thank everyone enough for their support and very vocal it was too! I was on last and got the biggest cheer without a doubt, which encouraged me so much.”
As his prize John has won singing lessons at the McCallum School of Music in Glasgow.
He added: “If I get through the semi-final stage the final is at the O2 in London on January 19.
“I’m hoping a good crowd will come and support me in Dewsbury, and my brother is very kindly organising buses and transport down, so the more the merrier!
“To win and perform at the O2 would be a dream come true.”