musicians in Merseyside
(don’t discrimin8) is hitting the north west again this year - the
second installment of the annual regional festival demonstrating and
celebrating how equality and diversity benefits our region will
launch on 4 June 2007 and run until 11 June 2007.
celebr8 is calling all musicians and orchestras now, from any walk
of life and any genre based in the north-west, to create the celebr8
orchestra. Whether it’s jazz, classical, pop or country or the
violin, guitar, piano, recorder, hand pipes or African drums - all
musicians are welcome!
Musicians need to be available for the whole day on Monday 4 June
2007 to tour the north west with celebr8, with the promise of fame,
press and TV coverage. Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester will
be directing the orchestra, Kate Threlfall, pupil at LIPA (Liverpool
Institute of Performing Arts) has composed a piece of music
especially for the celebr8 orchestra to learn and perform.
Orchestras and artistes that can not make the whole tour, but would
like to take part, can simply join the celebr8 orchestra in their
home town at one of the whistle stops.
The aim of the eight day festival, supported by North West Regional
Assembly together with other regional agencies, is to highlight the
positive impact the eight diverse communities - race and ethnicity,
gender, sexuality, disability, age, transgender, faith and beliefs
and refugees/emerging communities - has on the cultural life and
economy of the region. Equality is not a minority concern as the
majority of people in England’s North West are in one or more of
these categories, or will be at some time in their life.
The festival will commence on 4 June 2007 with a one day,
whistle-stop regional tour by the celebr8 (don’t discrimin8)
Orchestra. The ensemble will perform at key town centre sites in
Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria, with the
expert musical guidance of the world famous Chetham’s School of
Please call Helen Conyers on 0161 817 6600 or by
for more information.
First Cut Awards down to final 3!
finalists in the 3 First Cut Awards, 3’s unsigned band competition.
Following a successful 7 date tour of universities nationwide,
Buffalo ‘77, Mendicant and Finka have made it to the Final and have
the chance to win the most comprehensive package on offer to help
them break into the music industry.
21 bands, shortlisted from 1,900 had a chance to play in front of a
panel of expert judges including Xfm’s Marsha and Head of Fallout
Recordings, Nick McEwen. The task of choosing the bands was a
difficult one, but the winning bands were London based Mendicant and
Leeds based Buffalo ‘77. The third band, chosen by fans on the 3
First Cut website, was Manchester based Finka.
The final three bands will have the chance to go on tour with The
Rumble Strips, playing three dates at Barfly venues in Glasgow 26
April 2007, Liverpool 2 May 2007 and Birmingham 3 May 2007. The
Rumble Strips are currently taking the UK music scene by storm, and
with the recent release of their new single ‘Alarm Clock’ are set to
be the band to see over the next few months.
In addition to sharing the stage with the band of the moment, the
bands will get advice from music industry and media experts,
stylists and photographers so they have a chance to fine tune their
performance during the Tour ahead of the Final. The competition
culminates on 17 May 2007 at London’s ULU where the lucky three will
share the stage with the Fratellis and the panel will decide the
This is just the start for the winning act. After being chosen on
the night of the Final, they will then have their single released on
Fallout Recordings, the influential label dedicated to nurturing new
talent. They will also have a standout video created by a top
director and be given a slot at a prestigious music festival in
2007. The prize includes ongoing support by experts from the label,
plus help in promoting themselves to the media. Finally, they will
be given extensive promotion on 3 – 3 customers have downloaded more
than 20 million music tracks in the past two years and the mobile
network has been credited with helping to break artists like
Chamillionaire in the UK.
Judge Marsha Shandur, Xfm presenter and champion of unsigned talent
comments:- “The discussion to get from twenty one down to two
was very heated - unsurprising given the high quality of the
shortlist. As judges we're all very excited about seeing how our
chosen acts fare.”
3’s First Cut service allows you to discover the best unsigned
talent on the move. Whether its indie or electro, hip hop or house,
3 First Cut showcases the best of the UK’s unsigned talent. For just
49p a month music fans can download tracks from their 3 phone and
keep up to date with the latest acts on the music scene. Bands can
use the service to promote gigs, talk to fans and find out who’s
listening to their music. It’s free for acts to use and they keep
all their copyrights. The 3 First Cut Awards aim to promote the best
of 3 First Cut to a wider audience, and ultimately to break new
talent. To see the current Finalists and details of the Tour, go to