by Daniel Essien
A Nigerian-born & US-bred hip hop artist, Bishop, has wowed the judging panel of the UK’s biggest original music competition and sailed through the audition stage of Live and Unsigned. Bishop will be competing against the most talented bands and artists in the country at the Regional Final Showcase of Live and Unsigned 2012 – all in a bid to make the Grand Final at The O2!
Bishop battled against hundreds of auditionees to secure a spot in the live shows. Acts that made it through auditions will now take part in a live Regional Final Showcase in front of hundreds of spectators. The best acts will also get the opportunity to play at some of the biggest festivals in the UK from over 100 Festival slots including Beach Break Live, Boardmasters, Bearded Theory,
Strawberry Fields and Osfest. This year’s competition also offers acts an extra chance for exposure as being filmed for broadcasting on the Sky TV Network in an exclusive fly-on-the-wall documentary.
Live and Unsigned is the biggest original music competition in the UK for unsigned bands and artists. Attracting over 50,000 entries in the past five years, it has set itself apart from its predecessors by offering and promoting originality. It’s now established as the definitive music competition for original acts and it’s open to all genres of music from Heavy Rock to Rap.
“Live and Unsigned is all about originality, live ability and credibility,” Chris Grayston, Events Director of Live & Unsigned said. “We don’t accept demos or submissions and everyone auditions live. We’ve got some fantastic prizes up for grabs this year in a £100,000 prize pool, including a new main cash prize of £10,000. The festival slots and other prizes available make this year’s competition our biggest ever!”
All the acts in the competition are battling it out for the chance to play at Live Fest at The 02 in London. The Grand Final is incorporated into London’s biggest indoor festival in July. The winners will be crowned the UK’s best unsigned act. Judges involved in the regional final include guests from national radio, BBC introducing, regional press and celebrity judges…plus a special guest performance!
Acts will be competing for the main prizes which include; £10,000 to be spent on development, a further £10,000 publicity investment, gigs from over 30 festivals including from Canada, Sweden, Italy and Latvia, a UK tour of up to 100 shows and a UK festival tour including the winner guaranteed slots at over 13 festivals including Norfolk Spectacular, Boardmasters, Strawberry Fields Festival, Brownstock, London Summer Jam, Bingley Music Live and Butserfest.
Live and Unsigned has partnered with musician’s website Music Radar to offer a comprehensive winners prize pool including BlackStar and TC Electronic amps, Natal drum kits, Fret King Guitars, £15,000 in recording studio time.
One contestant who has caught the eye of Judges this year is the confident and smooth-styled rapper Bishop, now competing in the Regional Final, after making it through the auditions beating hundreds of other hopefuls. Bishop is now preparing for the Regional Final Showcase on April 1, 2012 at 12pm at Dingwalls in Camden Town London (NW1 8AB), a stage previously graced by Adele, Coldplay and many world famous artists. If successful, Bishop will progress towards the Grand Final at The O2 Arena.
For more information go to the website www.LiveandUnsigned.UK.com.
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