Local bands to ‘rock up’ for star-studded Commons competition

30 January 2012

Local MP, Andrew Jones, is backing the second annual Parliamentary live music competition, Rock the House, and invites under-18s, solo artists, bands and live music venues in his Harrogate & Knaresborough constituency to write and nominate themselves.

The competition was founded by Mike Weatherley MP in support of the UK live music sector to raise the profile of intellectual property rights issues. The competition lists rock legends Alice Cooper and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan as patrons.

Musicians and live music venues can find all forms and information on the competition at www.rockthehouse2012.com and can send in their nominations to Andrew Jones MP at andrew.jones.mp@parliament.uk by 16 March 2012.

Prizes include music equipment, a chance to play at high profile festivals and the opportunity to mingle with the great and the good of the music industry. Successful nominees will go forward to the national competition which will be judged by a panel of international music industry experts. The finalists will be announced on Friday 18 May. The finalists will take part in a ‘battle of the bands’ to determine the winner on Wednesday 30 May. The winner in each category will perform live at a finalists’ reception on the Terrace at the House of Commons in the evening.

Mr Jones said:

 There is a wealth of live music talent in my constituency and I would urge all musicians and live music venues to fill in an application and send it to me. The recognition and contacts entrants can get from taking part is priceless and it would be great to do even more to promote artistic talent in our area.

I’m only allowed to make one nomination for each category and so, to make it absolutely fair, if I receive several nominations in each category then one lucky entrant will be drawn at random to represent Harrogate & Knaresborough in Westminster.


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