A TALENTED band from Worcestershire have discovered what it is like to rock all over the world - or, to be precise, Dudley - after supporting Status Quo in concert.

The band AurA, who have only been together for six months, found themselves in front of 5,000 screaming fans at Dudley Castle.

Led by vocalist Dave Small, aged 17, from Shelsley Beauchamp, near Martley, the band also consists of drummer Jesse Garcia, 15, from Bewdley, Jamie Guggenheim, 20 on guitar, from Halesowen, and Kidderminster's Blake Probert, 20, on bass.

Mr Small said the experience was incredible and they thought it had all gone well.

"It couldn't have gone better. The crowd reacted very well. It felt surprisingly comfortable. We also sold more than 200 CDs in the space of just 20 minutes.

"Our own songs seemed to go down very well too. Basically, it couldn't have gone better."

The group, who play a mixture of 60s and 70s rock and blues, but with a modern edge, were spotted by Dave Bennett of the Factory 5 promotions company when they supported Stan Webb's Chicken Shack at the Rock Cafe 2000 in Stourbridge earlier this year.

"We received a phone call from him offering us this gig, stating that he was "blown away by our material and professionalism," said Mr Small.

Their next big date will be their first headline gig on Saturday, November 17, at the Wolverhampton Little Civic.

Mr Small said: "It's quite a big deal for us, and we are very excited about it."

Mr Bennett praised the group, saying: "During the eight years I have been involved in promoting, AurA are the freshest and most powerful thing I have seen."

For more details about AurA, visit www.myspace.

com/aurarocknblues or phone Mr Small on 07854 927071.