Ainsdale teenager reaches
finals of annual music competition
AINSDALE teenager Daniel Astles has
been named as 1 of the finalists in the 'Annual Merseyrail Sound Station Music
The competition, which is celebrating its 4th Anniversary this year, is a unique
collaboration between Merseyrail and renowned music magazine Bido Lito!
The competition encouraged local, undiscovered musicians to film themselves on a
smartphone, performing an original track at 1 of 7 designated Performance
locations on the Merseyrail network.
The videos were then uploaded to the Merseyrail Sound Station Facebook page and
the 10 best entries were invited to perform at a 1 day festival, at Moorfield's
Daniel, 18, who performs under the name Astles, describes his style of music as
ambient electric guitar with big vocals. He added:- "I really want to
create music that people can invest in and relate too. I think that's the most
important thing, to write songs which people believe in. There's no better
feeling than someone telling you your song means something to them."
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 Oy and LIMF.
David O'Leary, Commercial Director for Merseyrail, said:- "Astles is a
fantastic local musician and we are looking forward to hearing him perform in
the final competition."
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.
The Merseyrail Sound Station final takes place, on 19 November 2016, between 1pm
to 5pm, at Moorfields Station, with a presentation evening taking place at new music venue Hus.
For more information on how to get involved with the competition's
Almost 85000 children in
Merseyside live in poverty - and more than 31000 in Liverpool
THE 'End Child Poverty' coalition has
published new figures providing a new Child Poverty map of the UK. There are
more than 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK, and the new figures
reveal that 29% children in Merseyside are living in poverty.
Whilst Child Poverty exists in every part of the county, in Liverpool 33%
children are living in poverty.
The local child poverty estimates are broken down by parliamentary constituency,
local authority and ward. Child poverty is the highest in large Cities,
particularly in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Among the twenty
parliamentary constituencies with the highest levels of childhood poverty,
Liverpool Riverside features 12, with over 40% children living in poverty.
The parliamentary constituencies with the lowest levels of child poverty are
Gordon, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, Sheffield Hallam, and York Outer,
with figures between 9% and 10%. The constituency of Theresa May (Maidenhead) is
among the 20 with the lowest child poverty.
The coalition of charities, faith groups and unions is warning that the benefits
freeze in place until the end of the decade will mean that as prices rise, low
income families will find it increasingly hard to pay for the same basic
At the same time, recent cuts to in work support under Universal Credit further
penalise low income working families; thus pushing more working families below the
End Child Poverty is calling on the Government to use the upcoming Autumn
Statement to end the freeze on children's benefits, and to reverse the sharp
cuts being introduced to in work benefits under Universal Credit,
Chair of End Child Poverty Sam Royston said:- "As the Prime Minister has
rightly recognised, this is not a country that works for everyone. In every
community, there are children being denied the happy childhoods and the good
start in life other children take for granted. Our children are now twice as
likely to be poor as our pensioners.
Many families who are just about managing today, won't be managing tomorrow if
Universal Credit leaves them with fewer pounds in their pocket, and if rising
costs of living means their money doesn't stretch as far as it used to. This
month's Autumn Statement is a major opportunity for the new government to act to
help these families. We urge the Chancellor to reverse the significant cuts to
Universal Credit targeted at working families and, at the very least, shield
children's benefits from inflation."