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Bradford – Bingley Music Live, billed as the ‘North’s Last Party of the Summer’, has gained a reputation of supporting up-and-coming artists and this year will be no exception.

The Bradford Council-run festival has once again joined forces with The Musician Centre to launch a competition to find the best artists and bands in the region to play at this year’s event.

The winning artists will have the chance to take to the stage and play one of two slots on the main stage and one of two slots on the second stage.

The organisers are looking for outstanding unsigned and under the radar acts to open the festival which takes place in Bingley’s Myrtle Park on the weekend of the 4, 5 and 6 September.

Bingley_Music_Live_2011Applications will be whittled down to a shortlist of 24 artists/bands that will be drawn into four heats. They will then perform in front of a panel of judges and one band will go through from each heat to perform at the final. The final four bands will battle it out for the chance to be the opening acts on the main stage and second stage. The closing date for applications is Friday 10 April at 5pm.

Coun Andrew Thornton Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Sport said: “This competition is an excellent opportunity for local unsigned bands and artists to get their music to a wider audience. We have some fantastic talent in the area and I’m sure this year’s competition will unearth the best.”

Michael Watmough from the Musician Centre said: “We’re delighted to be partnering up with Bingley Music Live again for a second year following a successful competition last year which saw us pick four amazing acts from the 120 applicants.  It’s a pleasure to be part of this series events and to help make sure the high quality of the Yorkshire music scene is represented at a superb music festival.”

Winner of The Voice 2014 and NCS ambassador Jermain Jackman gives preview performance of debut album to students at Carr Manor Community School and Cooperative Academy in Leeds

• Jermain Jackman visits Carr Manor Community School and The Cooperative Academy to give sneak peek performance of his new single ahead of its release on 23 March
• Jermain takes over school assembly to talk to students about the life changing opportunities presented to him when he said yes to flagship youth programme NCS

_74062378_74062377Young people from Carr Manor Community School and The Cooperative Academy, both in Leeds, are to be given an exclusive performance when Jermain Jackman, winner of the BBC’s flagship singing competition, The Voice 2014, will take over an assembly at both schools to perform a single from his soon-to-be-released album and to talk to students about the life-changing impacts he experienced on the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.

Jermain’s visit to Carr Manor Community School and The Cooperative Academy is part of a three week tour of schools across the country ahead of the launch of his self-titled debut album, meaning students from Leeds are some of the first to hear his new single, “How Will I Know”, due for release on the same day as his album 23 March.

As well as performing a selection of tracks from his self-titled album, Jermain spoke to the students about his experience on NCS, the country’s flagship youth programme, in 2012.

NCS is a once–in-a-lifetime opportunity open to 15 to 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland. It is a unique two or three week full-time programme focused around fun and discovery, with participants volunteering at least 30 hours to a community project they create to address an issue important to them. The programme is designed to create a more cohesive society by mixing young teenagers from a wide variety of backgrounds, while supporting their transition into adulthood by enabling them to develop essential skills for work and life.

Jermain-Jackman-The-Voice-2-1024x576Jermain explained how NCS helped him overcome challenges such as presenting to a group, as well as giving him the confidence to achieve his ambitions, adding, “The last few years have been an incredible journey for me and I wanted to be able to share some of these experiences with students in Leeds who are looking ahead to their own futures. For me, taking part in NCS in 2012 was a defining moment, helping me to develop the confidence to realise my ambitions. It was an experience I’d encourage everyone to say ‘yes’ to!”

Like Jermain, thousands of young people in West Yorkshire have taken part in NCS since it launched in 2011. So far, they have dedicated hours to the local community and raised money for charity through NCS.

Kylie Lewis, NCS Engagement Manager commented, “We’re really grateful to Jermain for coming to Leeds today and talk about the ‘yes’ moment that changed his life. NCS continues to inspire young people across the country, growing enthusiasm, entrepreneurialism and challenging them to create their own future, whilst also having a positive effect in the community. Teenagers can say yes today by visiting www.ncsyes.co.uk.”

To register interest in the summer NCS programme in Leeds, West Yorkshire or North Yorkshire, call 0800 027 9111.

Wakefield’s own Apollo’s Circus are releasing their brand new single ‘Cooking with Gas’ at a hometown gig at The Hop on Saturday 7th February.

Cooking with Gas coverThe song details the last hurrah of the human race as they succumb to an astronomical apocalypse and despite the slightly morbid subject matter, bounces along at breakneck pace, never letting go of the energy of the opening riff.

Apollo’s Circus said “We are delighted to release our single at The Hop which has always been one of our favourite places to play.

“The single has been a little while coming but we’re really pleased with the way it’s turned out and we can’t wait for you all to hear it.

“It was really important to us to make the release gig free and we want as many people as possible to come down and celebrate with us. We have a few surprises for the show but you’ll have to come a long and see for yourself.”

ApollosCircus jump if youre in the bandApollo’s Circus also recently released an eye catching music video for their previous single ‘Power Station’ which can be found on Youtube and their website www.apolloscircus.com.

‘Cooking With Gas’ will be available for download from iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Deezer straight after the 7th February show with everyone at the gig also receiving a free copy on the night.

 

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