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Live Fest celebrating best young unsigned talent

July 27, 2011 by divider image
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Bringing together a host of budding artists, singers and bands to the creative hub that is the O2 arena, Live Fest celebrated the best of Britain’s Live and Unsigned talent. Putting on a show for the crowds was a bill bristling with raw talent, representing both urban and rock genres.

The Live and Unsigned acts performed up in front of the panel including judges BBC Radio One presenter Tom Deacon, Alex Baker from Kerrang!, Head of BGM Music Michael King and Bez from Happy Mondays.

Winners of the £50,000 investment and management contract, beating over 10,000 people who auditioned were Derby based The Trinity Band who performed their own song ‘Supernova’. Winning in the Urban/Pop/Accoustic final The Trinity Band’s Frontman spoke about what it felt like to win, “We’re so excited and ecstatic, it hasn’t sunk in yet. I just keep thinking, wow it’s our time to shine and it’s time to put in the work.”

Runner up in the same category was Lucy Spraggan who won the chance to perform at the Go Connect Festival in Melbourne, doing her bit to represent the UK.

In the Rock final Loud N Proud from London won a chance to perform at Tour Fest in Rome in November. Over in the Alternative final The Robbie Boyd Band were judged worth of top prize, with Essex band Flithy Habits winning the Indie category, which was judged by none other than Gary Powell from the Libertines and Adam Perry from The Bloodhound Gang.

Whilst Live and Unsigned was a fabulous opportunity to showcase some pretty impressive up and coming talent, Live Fest was an ideal flipside to the festival as a platform for some well loved names to perform.

Tempa T was true to his trademark and hyped the crowd up with a funky remix of his anthem Next Hype. Roll Deep Crew also impressed but it was their support acts that really stole the show.

Impressive were FlowDem whose high energy ‘It’s Not a Racial Ting’ converted them into lovable ghetto boys with a social conscience. Inviting their mates – a metal band from South Wales – onto stage to perform a rendition on Tinie Tempah’s ‘Written in the Stars’, the result was a guitar jamming, beat thrashing group of teenagers fusing the genres of metal and grime to dramatic effect.

US based artist FDot1 fused rap and hip-hop inviting guests including Cara Simone to perform their take on the Alison Limerick classic ‘Where Love Lives’. Wowing the crowd with her vocals Cara Simone owned the stage as a definite one to watch.

Whilst the urban acts performed at Proud2, most of the headlining bands were on stage at Indigo2, the organisation of the festival leaving a little to be desired. Signage could be improved along with venue allocation – many of the headline acts clashed, with stages too far apart to get between them easily, it made for some difficult decisions with who to watch.

With a second Live Fest planned for January as the festival truly takes off, a more detailed introduction to the Live and Unsigned bands would help set the scene for potential fans. Apart from that the day was a huge success as an introduction to a wide variety of names who no doubt we’ll see as stars of the future one day.

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