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Issue:- Thursday, 29 September 2016

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Next stop stardom: Southport train station gets on board for annual music competition

LOCAL musicians from Southport are being invited to take part in the annual Merseyrail Sound Station music competition.  The competition, which is celebrating its 4th Anniversary this year, is a unique collaboration between Merseyrail and renowned music magazine Bido Lito!

The competition encourages local, undiscovered musicians to film themselves on a smartphone, performing an original track at one of seven designated performance locations on the Merseyrail network:- Liverpool Central, Liverpool South Parkway, Southport, Kirkby, Wallasey Grove Road, Hoylake and Hooton.

The videos are then uploaded to the Merseyrail Sound Station Facebook page and the 10 best entries are invited to perform at a 1 day festival at Moorfield's Train Station.

A panel of music industry experts select the final winner, who will record with former Joy Division and New Order Engineer Michael Johnson. They also receive a full year of professional music industry mentoring, recording time and free train travel on Merseyrail.

The eventual winner also gains the opportunity to appear on the project's free monthly podcast which features exclusive live sessions with some of the region's most exciting new bands, the latest new sounds from across the Merseyrail network, and breaking new music news from Liverpool. The Sound Station project also curate a pop up stage which gives emerging artists an opportunity to play at the regions top festivals including:- Sound City, Africa Oyé and LIMF.

David O'Leary, Merseyrail's Commercial Director, said:- "It seems an unlikely allegiance between a train operating company and a music magazine, but each year the competition is going from strength to strength. In the past 4 years, we've had more than 300 local musicians enter the competition and it is gaining critical acclaim in the city's music scene. It's been a great way to connect with, and entertain, our passengers, as well as celebrate Liverpool's well known association with music."

Craig Pennington, editor of Bido Lito! and director of the creative consultancy, Syndikat, which organises the event, said:- "It's a hugely satisfying project for Syndikat to be involved with.  It's great to connect Merseyrail with the local music community and give the region's wealth of talent various opportunities to make itself heard."

Former winners include Katy Alex and rapper Blue Saint who both have gone on to perform at some of the area's biggest festivals and gigs and develop their sound as a result of the mentoring process.

Entries for the competition close, on Saturday, 22 October 2016 and the Merseyrail Sound Station final takes place, on 19 November 2016, between 1pm to 5pm, at Moorfields, with a presentation evening taking place at new music venue Hus.

For more information on how to get involved with the competition, visit:- MerseyRailSoundStation.Com.

Police called to property following firearm reports

MERSEYSIDE Police responded to reports a male, with a firearm, having been seen entering a property in Bedford Road, Bootle, on Sunday, 25 September 2016, at 5.45pm. A number of people were asked to leave the property while a search was carried out and Bedford Road was also cordoned off while it took place. Nobody else was discovered in the property and no weapon was recovered. Later Merseyside Police arrested a 16 year old male, from Anfield, on suspicion of possession of a firearm or imitation firearm, in a public place, in connection to the incident.

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