- Phil Edwards Band win place at City Showcase November 25-28 – Finding the Future
- Category : New Zealand
- Article Post Date: Wednesday 08.09.2010
The Phil Edwards Band is on a roll. The Auckland based group are about to release their debut album, Slow Borders, and they’ve won The Radio Network competition place to play City Showcase in Napier in November.
Lead singer Phil Edwards says playing City Showcase is an “awesome” opportunity for the band.
“We’re getting the chance to play in front of music industry gurus including Mike Chunn and Campbell Smith as well as some big crowds - plus there’s the added bonus of being in with a chance of winning that trip to London.”
Phil, who is originally from Hawke’s Bay said he is also looking forward to playing at Napier’s Soundshell.
“It’s a really cool venue by the sea – it should be a great place to play.”
The Band are touring through November to promote the release of their new album which was mixed in New York by Dave O’Donnell ( John Mayer, Eric Clapton) with City Showcase providing the final big gig for the tour.
City Showcase organiser, UK based Nanette Rigg says she has received more than 300 entries from bands and musicians to play at the event and an announcement is expected next week on the final bands selected to play in Napier.
“All the bands we’re listening to have been of a really high calibre and it’s been a tough job making the decision on the final cut.”
All finalists will perform at different venues, including retail stores and cafés, throughout Napier over the weekend 25-28 November with public and leaders from the music industry voting the top five through to an audition style finale at the Sound Shell on Napier’s picturesque Marine Parade. The winner will score a trip to perform at City Showcase 2011 in London and get the chance to network with UK industry and attend events. They will also play at February’s Mission Concert.
Nanette is accustomed to the pressure, having run City Showcase as London’s leading music festival, for the past eight years.
“We are a not for profit company that wants to help tomorrow's talent make it in the commercial world of today - be it through gigs, concerts, shows, workshops or just good old fashioned advice! Each year we host hundreds of new and emerging bands in various venues across London. Our track record speaks for itself.”
Acts that have worked with City Showcase before they became famous include: Amy Winehouse, Gabriella Cilmi, Gallows, Ghost of a Thousand, Gurrumul, Hot Chip, Ironik, Jay Sean, Keane, Lady Sovereign, Laura Marling, Lisa Mitchell, Lissie, Mr Hudson, N-Dubz, Newton Faulkner, Ray LaMontagne, Razorlight, Scouting for Girls, Seth Lakeman, Sway, The Rifles. Laura Marling
Together with the cream of the New Zealand music industry a host of bands will play support acts as the entire City is taken over by the music industry for the weekend.
Artists including Autozamm, Miriam Clancy, Josh Leys, Lisa Crawley Soljah and Chris Cope are all heading to the Bay with two gigs being supported by Mushroom Records. More bands are still to be announced, including a number from Australia.
Wristbands, costing $30, will go on sale later this month with a full programme of events also still to be released. Wristbands will give entry into all gigs throughout the weekend, with promotional opportunities at the daytime venues, allowing for an affordable music destination experience, not previously seen in New Zealand.
“The idea is to replicate the format of the successful London festival and look for, and help the career potential of, new and emerging New Zealand talent,” says Nanette.
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