Want to Play at Parliament? Bands from Isle of Wight this is for you!
March 7, 2014
Bands specifically from the Isle of Wight, do you feel neglected sometimes? Hard to get noticed in London and further afield? Well this opportunity is for you and could see you play at Parliament House, in front of industry royalty. original article taken from here. The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, is calling on Island musicians to enter ‘Rock the House 2014’, Parliament’s biggest competition which celebrates up-and-coming, unsigned British artists and the live music venues that support them. Last year, local band ‘Dreamstate’ reached the finals of the Under 19 category and very much enjoyed the experience although they have now disbanded as some members moved away. Mr Turner said: “This is an opportunity for Island musicians to get recognised and perform in front of giants of the music industry, which could lead to real commercial opportunities for the future. It would be a real feather in our cap if there were Isle of Wight musicians in the final again this year, or even as eventual winners, to help celebrate and recognise some of the amazing musical talent we have on the Island. We also have some great live music venues, so I hope we will also get entries into that category.” The competition is open to musicians of all ages in the following categories: Solo Artist, Band, Solo Artist under 19, Band under 19, Music Video, and to recognise places that support live music, Best Small Live Music Venue. This year’s prizes will soon be announced, but last year ranged from top of the range Gibson guitars, a choice of Yamaha equipment through to opportunities to perform at festivals and clubs. One Island entry can go through from each category, and entries will be judged by people involved in the Island’s musical life. Applications must be submitted on line by 31st March. The winner of each category will be invited to perform live on the balcony of the House of Commons at the awards ceremony on the evening of the 1st July 2013 in front of industry professionals, celebrities, music press and MPs and Peers. To apply, head to this website and download the pdf of the terms and conditions.
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