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Thieves knock band out of music contest

PUBLISHED: 10:17 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:00 25 August 2010

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FOUR young musicians had their hopes of performing in the final of a prestigious music competition cut short after thieves stole their equipment.

FOUR young musicians had their hopes of performing in the final of a prestigious music competition cut short after thieves stole their equipment.

Rock metal group Hadez were due to perform in the semi finals of the Emerzenza music festival last Wednesday at renowned music venue Dingwalls in Camden.

Members Sandip Vurunv, Kewal Vurunv, former students at Greenwich Community College, and Alan Thappa and Sangam Vurunv, left their equipment backstage when they went for dinner after completing a sound check.

When they returned, they found seven guitar pedals missing from their case.

Lead singer Kewal Vurunv, 21, of Wrottesley Road, Thamesmead, said: "When we returned we went for dinner and found that the equipment was missing.

"It was really shocking. It was really bad luck for us because last year we got through to the semi finals and we were all set this year but the equipment got stolen."

The band were then offered to use equipment from the venue for the gig, but decided not to go ahead, meaning they are now out of the competition.

Band manager Mr Bell, 52, a music business studies lecturer at the Meridian Music Centre, Woolwich Road, Plumstead, said: "They were absolutely devastated. I refused to let them take to the stage.

"You can't let a band which are that good, go on stage with crap equipment and not be able to play properly."

The four members of the band, who originate from Nepal, reached the semi final after sailing through two rounds competing against 12 other groups.

The winners of the competition get the chance to tour around Germany.

Mr Vurunv added: "It's so disappointing.

"We were all really angry. The competition meant a lot to us."

"Our main problem now is that we have gigs coming up next month but it's so expensive to replace the equipment.

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