Two local bands have been nominated for awards in the ‘Rock the House’ event, a competition held through the UK Parliament in London and which seeks to raise awareness of the importance of protecting intellectual property rights in music.
To take part, bands and musicians must
submit material to their local MP – in this case North Ayrshire &
Arran’s Katy Clark – who has the job of nominating one entrant in each
category. A panel of industry executives then chooses the finalists and
Katy Clark nominated Less Than Sober in two categories –
‘Band’ and ‘Music Video’ – while Bittersweet Blasphemy received the nod
for ‘Under-19 Band’.
Ms Clark told the3towns, “North Ayrshire
and Arran has impressive musicians and it is a pleasure to endorse their
work to the panel of industry-leading judges who will preside over
determining the overall winners.
“I wish Less Than Sober and Bittersweet Blasphemy the best of luck as the competition progresses.”
are due to pick five finalists in each category on June 15th, with the
winners announced on July 1st following a ‘battle of the bands’ at
London’s Bedford in Balham.
One of the people who will pick the
winners, Queen guitarist Brian May, said, “It is a great honour to back
Rock the House. The UK is a hotbed of musical talent from all genres,
and if the British music industry is going to grow and thrive then
musicians need to be able to make a living from selling their product.
This competition gives all musicians, from all backgrounds, the chance
to get out there and make live music.”
Organisers describe the
competition as “an opportunity for MPs to engage with a grass-roots
creative demographic, and to provide the creative community with a
vehicle through which to communicate their issues to legislators”.