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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The six finalists in a popular city music competiton, which showcases the best of the region’s up-and-coming talent, have been annouced.
The Next Big Thing 2013 is Future Radio’s competition for new and emerging musical acts from the East of England, with previous winners including chart-topping singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.
They will go head-to-head in the final on Saturday, November 9, in the main hall at Open in Bank Plain.
Last year’s stand out winner Raevennan Husbandes will be making a guest appearance while the music industry judges consider which act will take the crown and the prizes for this year.
Dr Clyde - a Norwich-based energetic foursome playing a worldly blend of danceable music.
Freyr - a four-piece alternative rock band from Norwich.
Koi Paraga - a Norwich contemporary folk quartet featuring a singer-songwriter, virtuoso guitarist, double bassist and vocal gymnast-cum-percussionist
Mega Emotion - a Norfolk trio inspired by the likes of New Order, Metronomy, Depeche Mode and The Pixies, playing a blend of post punk, stark electronics and synth pop hooks.
The Thinking Men - a Norwich five-piece influenced by artists such as Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Doors, whose sound harks back to 50s rock, blues, country and folk but with a contemporary, modern feel.
Unix - a 19-year-old electronic music producer from Norwich.
Doors will open at 7pm, with tickets £5 in advance from Open and the University of East Anglia box office.
Future Radio’s Next Big Thing 2013 had more than 70 applications from musicians based in Norfolk or Suffolk, who entered for a chance to win a host of prizes, including a slot at Homegrown Festival in 2014, a full day’s use of the theatre-space at The Garage for the use of recording a promotional video, studio sessions at Future Studios and Open studios, a professional photoshoot from JMA Photography, and a poster and flyer package worth £100 from Premier Print.
Future Radio station manager Terry Lee said: “Future Radio’s Next Big Thing Final promises to be a special evening.
“The talent in this region is fantastic, and this competition brings it to the surface.
“We are all looking forward to an evening of great music from six of the best new acts in the region, as well as a set from last year’s winner Raevennan Husbandes, who has outstanding talent.”
More information about the competition is available at www.futureradio.co.uk/nextbigthing