Offshore are Warwickshire Live Band Winners!

OffshoreIndie rock band, Offshore, have been named as the winning band at the Warwickshire County Music Service hosted Warwickshire Live Band Final.

Up and coming young bands and artists from throughout Warwickshire were invited to submit entries online to take part in a live audition at the Zephyr Lounge, part of the Leamington Assembly, Leamington Spa’s major live music venue.

11 artists were selected to take part in the Live Final, ranging from solo artists to bands, including a 9 piece soul band!

Offshore members Mitchel Cartwright (vocals), Joe Dean (lead guitar / vocals), Ben Lindsay (guitar), Joe Johnson (bass) and Tom Findlay (drums) are from Stratford upon Avon and all attend Stratford College. The band will go on to represent Warwickshire in a major gig being planned for later in the year with other music services across the West Midlands.

Councillor Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education & Learning, said: “Well done to Offshore for winning the Warwickshire Live Band Final, it sounds like this was a very tough competition. This is just another example of how Warwickshire’s County Music Service supports young musicians to achieve great things across a range of musical styles and with their instrument of choice.”

Councillor Bob Hicks, Chair of Warwickshire County Council’s Children & Young People Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “Every young musician that took part in this competition should be very proud of themselves. Events like this could not take place without the support of not only County Music Staff but also the families of the young people themselves.”

Sound clip from the event can be found at the Warwickshire Music Hub website at: The event was also a good opportunity for students attending the CMS Live Audio Workshops who were able to gain valuable experience taking an active role in a live event situation. Contact for more information.

Photograph by Chris Gedge