NEW musical talent in Swindon has raised more than £2,000 for the Prospect@Home appeal.

The results of Swindon Shuffle, where 40 bands showcased their talent, were applauded in the Victoria pub, in Old Town, on Thursday night.

Music promoters behind the charity event handed over the £2,007 cheque to Prospect at the Songs Of Praise Present Keeping It Peeled night.

Upcoming bands Rats Ruined My Brain and Black Cat with Matt Kilford played at the event.

The shuffle, which took place in July, was hailed a success for promoting new local acts.

Music promoter Paul Jellings, who organised Swindon Shuffle, said: "The Shuffle exceeded expectations.

"We knew the bands were of a high quality and we had 1,000 people turn up.

"The bands also took it seriously - everyone loved it and we now can't wait for next year.

"People have the perception that new bands are average, but the groups that are playing now are as good as many signed bands."

He said it was befitting that the money raised from Swindon Shuffle should be presented at the John Peel tribute, as the DJ always uncovered new music.

Prospect Hospice's community fundraiser Jane Kendall accepted the cheque.

She said: "This money will bring a much-needed service to our community, and our thanks go out to all the bands, fans and people at the various venues for ensuring the success of the Swindon Shuffle.

"We try to encourage the whole community to be involved with the Prospect Hospice - particularly younger people."

Richard Craven, the co-founder of Swindon Shuffle, said: "Swindon isn't a big town, but it is rich with music.

"At Swindon Shuffle, we thought we would have 10 bands but we ended up with 40 over the four days.

"We had to turn bands away."

Mr Jellings is keen to ensure new bands get aired in Swindon.

On December 12 local band Alfonz will be playing at the 12 Bar, in Faringdon Road, Swindon.