Friday, 6 June 2014

Local bands hope to 'Rock the House'

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 winners.

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.”

Judges 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”.

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