Belfast band Ozymandias are on the road to Dublin on Saturday (April 18) to represent the city in the Irish Youth Music Awards.

The date marks exactly a year since the band first rehearsed together. In those intervening 12 months they’ve been gigging around Belfast in venues like Voodoo and the Oh Yeah Centre and they’ve joined forces with a dozen other bands under the umbrella of Blackstaff Music Belfast.

Singer John Quinn told belfastvibe: “My friends in The Cartel put me in touch with Joe McVeigh, our rhythm guitarist, and things got started from there. Our first practice was on April 18, exactly a year ago to the day of the competition in Dublin.”

He added: “A lot of what we do is improvisation. We’ve gravitated towards hard rock, towards a Royal Blood/Rage Against The Machine sort of sound.”

The band are named after a sonnet by Percy Shelley which also features in 1 of the closing episodes of Breaking Bad.

They won the Belfast heat of the IYMAS and will now represent the city in the final at the Aviva stadium on Saturday, pitting their musical talents against 15 other artists from around Ireland.

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