Local MP urges local musicians and small venues to enter national music competition

5 January 2013

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The MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones, has called for musicians and small venues in the area to enter Rock the House 2013, Parliament’s biggest competition which celebrates up-and-coming British artists and the live music venues that support them.

The competition is open to all music lovers who fall into the following categories: solo artist, band, under 19 solo artist, under 19 band, and best small live music venue. Applications for the event, which has patrons like Alice Cooper, Mark Hoppus from Blink 182 and Charlie Simpson from Busted, will close on 1 March 2013. will close on 1 March 2013.

andrewjonesAndrew (pictured) said:

Rock the House is a great opportunity for aspiring artists of any age looking to find a way into the industry.

Last year we had some great entries and I am excited to listen to the tracks that the people of Harrogate, Knaresborough and Boroughbridge can come up with this year, and hope to receive many submissions.


Mike Weatherley MP, founder of Rock the House said:

This competition is the perfect opportunity for talented artists to promote their music, and win some life-changing prizes in the process – from guitars and amps, to slots at gigs and festivals. It will also put MPs in touch with musicians and small venues in their constituencies. We’ve discovered some great talent in the past, and can’t wait to see who we find this year.

A band from each category will be nominated from the Harrogate area, after which a judging panel made of international music industry experts will chose the finalists. The finalists will compete in a live battle of the bands, and the winner of each category will then perform live on the balcony of the House of Commons on the evening of the 26 June 2013.

Rock the House was founded by Mike Weatherley MP to raise awareness of intellectual property theft and live music issues in Parliament. In 2011, the competition was part of a campaign which successfully persuaded the Government that venues with a capacity of 200 people will no longer need a license for live music.

Musicians and live music venues can find all forms and information on the competition at www.rockthehousehoc.com and should send in their nominations to Andrew Jones MP at andrew.jones.mp@parliament.uk by 1 March 2013.

Photography by Timothy Cook



  1. The competition is for the following categories: solo artist, band, under 19 solo artist, under 19 band, and best small live music venue. So any age can enter.

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