A new band on the scene has set off to a promising start after recently winning The Wave’s Battle of the Bands at The Hyst in Swansea

Battle of the Bands, hosted by radio DJ Siany on Saturday, March 10, saw Pastel- consisting of vocalist Jack Yates, lead guitarist Aaron Tormey, rhythm guitarist James Yates, bass guitarist Jake Smith and drummer Rhys Wheeler- beat nine other finalists to reach the number one spot.

Following their win, they are set to support pop-rock band Scouting for Girls at Neath Carnival on the July 13.

After starting out only in November, Pastel, ranging of ages from 17 to 21, has already amassed a big following which has grown considerably since their performance at the popular band competition.

Prior to The Battle of the Bands, Pastel have performed all around Wales including Swansea, Cardiff and Llanelli.

James Yates, the band’s rhythm guitarist from the Amman Valley area, said: “We didn’t go into the competition expecting to win.

"We’ve only been performing since November and the other bands had been together longer, so we went into it just for the experience and to just enjoy it.

"We were just in pure shock when we won.”

The band primarily perform their own music and takes inspiration from English rock bands The Verve and The Stone Roses.

Before their winning performance supporting Scouting for Girls in July, you can catch Pastel at sooner gigs at Llanelli Football Club on April 7 and Swansea-based club Sin City on the April 13 where the five-piece band will be supporting The Riff.

As well as Scouting for Girls, The Raspberry Jam will also be performing Neath Carnival this Summer.

For more information on the up and coming band, follow their Facebook account @officialpastelband