A local promotions company is working with a college record label to showcase some of the North East’s hottest musical talent through a series of live competitive showcases that will give the winner the chance to take their place on a national tour and release their own EP.
Newcastle-based European Tour Collective is set to host the Stop, Drop, Rock! Access All Areas competition at Newcastle College’s Space Bar, which will see local artists compete in a series of performance rounds.
As well as securing a place on the prestigious UK Stop, Drop, Rock! Tour, which runs throughout August, the winning band will also record and release a full EP on platforms such as iTunes and Spotify with the help of record label Push Puzzle Records, which is run by students from Newcastle College’s Performance Academy.
The record label will also guide the winner through everything from recording, mixing and mastering to the production of artwork and press photography. The winner will also receive a full merchandise package, which includes design and printing services to help improve their image.
Scott Baker-Marflitt, Real Working Environment Co-ordinator in the music section of Newcastle College, said: “The Stop, Drop, Rock! Access All Areas competition will help to shine a light on the huge amount of musical talent that the North East has to offer and is a great opportunity for bands to get a vital first step on the ladder. Not only will the winners be able to have their material sold to millions of potential fans, they will also be performing alongside some of the most exciting up and coming bands that the UK has to offer.”
The competition is open to artists from a variety of musical genres and will take place at Space Bar on Newcastle College’s Rye Hill Campus. A combination of voting systems and a panel of industry experts will decide who progresses. The closing date for entries is Sunday 10th February, with the first rounds taking place on the 9th and 10th of March.
Conor Ferris at European Tour Collective said: “Having worked with touring bands of various levels for several years now, I am very excited that we are able to offer this opportunity to bands across the North East. Often bands up here feel as though they do not get the same chances as bands from London or other major cities. This is a chance for us to unearth the finest local talent and showcase it on a national level.”
The competition is one of the many ways in which Newcastle College is supporting the North East’s musical talent. The college recently announced two brand new unique Foundation Degrees for original artists: FDA Songwriting for original bands, artists and singer songwriters; and FDA Music Production for DJs, MCs and Producers for original artists making commercial electronic music such as drum and bass, house, techno and dubstep. Both courses are available as distance learning options for professionals working in the music industry or those with home studios unable to attend due to other commitments.
To register for the Stop, Drop, Rock! Access All Areas competition please visit: www.facebook.com/EuropeanTourCollective. For more information about Push Puzzle Records please visit https://www.facebook.com/PushPuzzleRecords.