News: The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne – Jessica Foxley Unsigned

Posted on: Friday, May 29, 2015

THE GREAT BRITISH RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL, COLNE – JESSICA FOXLEY UNSIGNED

The search is on again for young, aspiring rhythm and blues musicians to perform at this year’s Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival.

Jessica Foxley Unsigned (formerly The Jessica Foxley Stage) was set up in 2010 in memory of Jessica, who died the previous year in a car crash at the age of 21. Its aim is to provide high profile performance opportunities for young musicians – and in particular to select outstanding young blues acts to perform at Colne’s annual Great British R&B Festival.

Unsigned, up-and-coming talent will be chosen to perform on various stages alongside the main acts at this year’s festival at the end of August. Last year a total of eight were selected to play. Some of the previous artistes have used the festival as a springboard to propel themselves into the music world and such is the calibre that some of the bands have returned to perform as part of the festival in their own right.

Now rhythm and blues bands and solo artistes are invited to apply for one of the sought-after places at this year’s Festival. Live auditions will take place in front of a panel of judges at The ACE Centre in Nelson, on June 21st and 22nd.

Festival organiser, Alison Goode, said: “Jessica was a young, up-and-coming, talented artiste looking to carve out a musical career for herself and this is what we are aiming to do, to give other people just like her, a chance.

“We want to honour her talent and support other young people like her by giving them an opportunity to be heard and perform at such an established event. Over the last few years we have discovered some amazing talent and we are excited about what we might find this year to perform at the Blues Festival in August.”

Interested musicians can apply online by completing a simple form and submitting a sound recording and video clip. The form is available online at www.jessicafoxley.com. The deadline for applications is 8th June. A shortlist will then be invited to audition.

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