Swindon musician Lee Chamberlain, and his band Alpha Circle, have won through to the semi finals of a national battle of the bands in Spain.

The band, based in Madrid, were voted 17th in a vote by the public in the Vodafone YU Battle of the Bands and are now now hoping to go up against a panel of judges from Vodafone.

Lee is the grandson of former Swindon Town footballer Peter Chamberlain, who played for the town in 1955, and is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the first left half to score five goals against Crystal Palace. Peter died in 2013.

"He was a hero to me, he was in the RAF and was shot down and injured in the fighting over the Suez Canal,'' said Lee.

The musician moved to Spain when he fell in love with a Spanish girl, but his family remain in Swindon, and he is hoping to return with the band next summer to play a few gigs.

"We are planning on doing a bit of a tour next summer. We’ll probably drive, play a small gig in France en route to London, where our drummer Simon Richman is from, to Swindon. Then the last stop is Somerset to play at my little sister’s wedding - if all the stars align.''

Alpha Circle are hoping to win through to the top three who will receive a record deal, money, promotion, their song used for a show on Fox, and they will get to perform at three music festival throughout Spain.

Alpha Circle will be playing their single Tricky if they win through to the live auditions. It is available on Spotify and iTunes. For more details visit www.facebook.com/officialalphacircle