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Pirate Studios Prodigy Programme: Supporting Emerging artists

April 17, 2018

Music | by Elspeth Pierce


All you need to do is dip your toes into the rich live music scene in the depths of London or to pop your head round the door of any pub or gritty live music venue in the UK to see that there is a multitude of extremely talented musicians creating the kind of music that should be gracing the main stage of Glastonbury. But how do they make that leap? Who’s going to give them that much needed leg up?

Pirate Studios have come up with the solution and according to the Libertine’s Carl Barat, they are the people for the job: “Pirate Studios are a blessing to new bands right now”. They have partnered with managers, agents, promoters, music publishers, PRs and radio executives on a new talent programme to back emerging British talent.

Over two thousand acts have applied across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and the list is now down to thirty finalists.

With the help of their expert industry judges, mentors and partners (which includes Libertines, Tom Grennan and Charli XCX management, Liam Gallagher’s PR, Gordon Smart Radio X, This Feeling and more) the three winners will be given the leg up they need – that so many others never have the opportunity to take to get them where they deserve to be.

A public vote is now underway which will whittle thirty down to six, and then another round of voting will see three winners announced.

An expert panel of industry mentors and judges will support, develop and promote the careers of the winners. Across the programme, artists will receive one-to-one mentoring and masterclasses that cover every aspect needed to help launch a career from management to publishing, A&R to radio-play, song-writing to PR, festival slots, unlimited free use of Pirate Studios’ studio time with top engineers, free video production, expert branding and marketing advice and more. In short, these artists will be given everything they need to take their career to the next level.

Kate Nash speaks very highly of the programme too “I’m so excited to be a part of this. What Pirate Studios are doing for the
music scene is the most supportive/ coolest thing I’ve seen in years!”

So what’s your job, Candid reader? Have a listen, check the entrants out and get voting! Voting closes this Friday so it’s down to you who gets this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

And, whilst your busy getting your judging ears and voting fingers ready, here are the thirty finalists:

Alex Ohm – Blossoming, folk-infused West Midlands indie-rockers

ANGLLS – Mind-bending, electronic astonishment from Ireland

Brook Baili – Genuine soul from a hotly-tipped London singer songwriter

Bryde – Sensational Welsh alt-rock singer

Charles – Burgeoning R&B-infused pop icon

Heavy Rapids – Punk-influenced rock ‘n’ roll from the heart of Glasgow

False Heads – Propulsive and energetic Essex punk-rockers

Glass Peaks – Stadium pop-rock from London, ready to rule the world

I Plead Guilty – Blistering metallic post-hardcore London five-piece

James Holt – Star in the waiting from Manchester, praised by Brian Eno

Malory – South London creative ‘altpopolyptic’ artist,

Monico Blonde – Much-championed Welsh indie-pop newcomers with a big sound

Naropa – Progressive alt-indie London quintet

Nics – One of London’s top emerging rapper/ producers

Novatines – Bold, brash, inventive and explosive Bath rock band

Pale Canvas – Fresh new London indie band

Proletariat – Mancunian rabble-rousers on the ascendancy

Red Rum Club – Burgeoning Merseyside ‘Tarantino-esque’ sextet

Rival Bones – Merseyside’s thunderous rock power duo

Shambolics – Psychedelic, dreamy rock & roll from sunny Dunfermlines

Table Scraps – Straight from the heart, raucous garage sounds from Birmingham

The RPMs – Rip-roaring young Brighton 5 piece

The Seamonsters – Summer time in music form from Sheffield sextet

The Surrenders – Birmingham’ electric rhythm blues and soul band

Violet Youth – Deep, atmospheric and anthemic indie from Blackburn

VIØLETS – Exciting London alt-pop trio

Vivienne Chi – One of Bristol’s most exciting, emerging singer songwriters

Youth Killed It – Bolshy, free-flowing Norwich indie-punk five-piece

Yves – Storming Swindon indie-rock three-piece

Zags – Flourishing London grime MC

Vote here. **The deadline is this Friday, so listen up and cast your votes now.**

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