A ROCK band from York has been nominated by one of the city’s MPs to represent the area in a parliamentary live-music competition.

York Central MP Hugh Bayley said he was “very happy” to nominate five-piece We Could Be Astronauts for the Rock The House competition, which aims to promote live music.

Dave Hartley, the band’s drummer, said: “We’re a very hard-working band and something like Rock The House is a great way to get our name out there to more people.”

Mr Bayley said: “There is a wealth of musical talent in my constituency and I have heard very good things about We Could Be Astronauts. It would be great if the next big British band came from York.”