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Bath, Banes, United Kingdom, 2011/11/15 - MusicRadar, Future Publishing’s leading website for musicians, is on board as the media partner for Live and Unsigned for the second year running - Futurenet.co.uk. LSE: FUTR
As the UK’s biggest unsigned live music competition, Live and Unsigned is the ultimate competition for acts and bands. Kicking off with the first regional heats in January, it culminates in a final at London’s O2 next summer where finalists will share the stage with acts from Live Fest, London’s biggest indoor music festival.
With £100,000 in prizes up for grabs including music equipment, a record deal, studio time, masterclasses and invaluable publicity across Future’s high profile music magazines and websites, Live and Unsigned offers a unique opportunity for acts and bands.
Adding an international dimension to the competition, there are also some fantastic festival slots up for grabs. Ranging from opportunities at Italy’s Tour Fest, Supernova in Canada and Latvia’s massive Summer Sound Festival to grass roots UK festivals such as Beach Break Live, Bearded Theory, Cock Rock, Norfolk Spectacular, OsFest and IVYLIVE, this is a chance in a lifetime.
Also partnering with Live and Unsigned are Blackstar Amplification, Natal Drums, Future Copyright, TC Electronic and TC Helicon who are providing some great competition prizes.
Live and Unsigned is open to all genres from rappers to metal and every act is auditioned live, with those who make it through to the later stages performing in front of industry judges at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues. Last year’s Judges who are set to return again include big names such as Radio 1 DJs Annie Nightingale, Tom Deacon and Daniel P Carter and Happy Monday’s star Bez.
Live and Unsigned’s Chris Grayston commented: “Last year’s partnership between Future and Live and Unsigned was a great success and this year is set to be even bigger! Future’s music magazines are world leading brands which are globally recognised and we share similar goals and ethos. We both want to work with the best unsigned musicians in the UK – and this makes for a fantastic, dynamic and strong partnership.”
Mia Walter, Group Publishing Director of Future’s Music portfolio, added: “We are delighted to announce Future’s partnership with the Live & Unsigned competition for a second year running. We are committed to encouraging more musicians, and as media partner we will use our portfolio of magazines, MusicRadar and our growing digital audience to promote this great opportunity and encourage musicians from all genres to take part.”
MusicRadar recently hit 1 million monthly unique users and is encouraging acts and bands to enter the competition via MusicRadar now. You can also keep up to date with the latest news from the competition on MusicRadar’s bespoke ‘Live’ channel, which features information about the competition, live gigging content, ‘how to’ guides for acts and bands, as well as constant updates and information as the competition progresses.
About Live and Unsigned
Live and Unsigned is a National music competition for original artists. Its unique format allows the UK’s top break-through acts to perform in their own genre and style with undiscovered, original material. The competition attracts over 40,000 musicians to enter each year and gives performers from all over the UK the chance to compete live and become the UK’s best Live and Unsigned act.
Future (futureplc.com) is a leader in the field of digital publishing and was named Consumer Digital Publisher of the Year at the annual Association of Online Publishers Awards – becoming the first magazine publisher to win the Award. Future also won the Grand Prix Award at the event in June. Its web and mobile sites deliver 160 million page impressions every month to over 30 million unique users*. Future delivers more than 100 digital editions and bespoke apps through the rapidly growing iPad platform and is developing product for new tablet devices coming on stream. Digital now accounts for a third of all Future’s commercial revenues. And its development of video on demand and apps is rightly regarded as market leading. Technology brand T3 is leading the way on iPad, becoming one of the top grossing apps in the UK and one of the very few five star apps in the world. The Future digital portfolio includes award winning and hugely respected brands including: techradar.com, cyclingnews.com, gamesradar.com, computerandvideogames.com, musicradar.com and bikeradar.com/.
source: comScore Digital Analytix, August 2011