WARRINGTON Guardian readers have had their say.

Five hopeful bands have been hand-picked for the final of our Hotwired competition but only one can win a high profile slot at Warrington Music Festival.

Burtonwood’s The Progress, Latchford’s Project Number 1, Cinnamon Brow and Culcheth’s Sons, Stillia and Titors Insignia were the highest scoring acts in our text and phone vote.

Stillia and Titors Insignia are from St Helens but have a strong Warrington following.

Stillia’s drummer Matty Bennet grew up in Burtonwood and Titors Insignia’s drummer Ste Swift lives in Great Sankey.

Each band will now have to prove themselves at a live final at Pyramid and Parr Hall on Saturday, May 25.

They will have to impress the crowd as it is up to them who wins the festival slot as well as support from the Guardian for a year.

The line-up of Warrington Music Festival will also be unveiled that night.

The Progress and Project Number 1 describe themselves as indie-rockers, Sons are an alternative rock band, Stillia play indie-pop and Titors Insignia are inspired by rock and roll.

Guitarist Richard Sixsmith, aged 23, from Project Number 1, said: “We’re really pleased. We knew a lot of good bands were going into it so we’re very happy to be in the top five.

“Huge thanks to everyone who gave us support. We’re really looking forward to getting out there and playing the Warrington gig.”

Sons frontman James Jennion, aged 18, from Cinnamon Brow, added: “We're really thrilled to have made it to the final.

“Being judged is all part of being in a band so we understand the pressures of performing well and making it a great show for everybody.”