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Date:- 09 April 2007

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Calling all musicians in Merseyside

THE celebr8 (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 Music.

Please call Helen Conyers on 0161 817 6600 or by email  for more information.

3 First Cut Awards down to final 3!

THE three 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 winner.

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

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