Mark nominates local band for top London Music Competition

(May 03, 2013)

Mark  has nominated local band ‘Small Revelations' to compete in the ‘Rock the House’ parliamentary music competition in London this month.

Small Revelations is an Acoustic Rock band based in Preston.  They applied after seeing a flyer in a local coffee shop and entered their song ‘Forever and a day’ in the competition for unsigned artists.  Their MP must formally nominate the band to enter them into the Westminster-based competition.

Preston-based band members include Jackie May on vocals and guitarists Nahyan Imam and Martin Hulley. Imam is originally from Dhaka in Bangladesh and Martin is from Blackpool, whilst vocalist Jackie has lived in Preston since she was four years old.

Vocalist Jackie May said: “We have played at various open mics around Preston in the past, but mainly Roper Hall and The Ship Inn.  It’s difficult sometimes to all get time to jam together as we all work full time and have other commitments outside the band, but we try to jam at least once a week.

We have had a few unpaid gigs, but try and play at least one open mic a week.  We are currently performing a mix of covers and originals, but we hope to write a lot more of our own material.  We are lucky that there are so many good venues in Preston that support live music.”

‘Rock the House’ is a Parliamentary live music and venue competition founded by Mike Weatherley MP. The competition aims to celebrate the best of up-and-coming unsigned British artists and the live music venues.  It also aims to to raise the political profile of the importance of intellectual property rights and live music, among Parliamentarians.  The UK music industry is also hugely important in terms of employment and overseas earnings.

Every MP is invited to nominate an act from their constituency under various categories including:  Best Solo Act, Best Band, Best Music Video and Best Small Venue . A panel of international music industry experts and musicians will determine the finalists this month who will then compete in a live battle of the bands.  The lucky winners will receive some once in a lifetime prizes, including the chance to play at the historic Cavern Club in Liverpool, at various music festivals, guitars and music equipment.  Some will also get the chance to play a live set on the Terrace of the House of Commons.

Mark said “I am sure Small Revelations will do Preston Proud.  I wish the band all the best for the competition and hope that they make it to the finals in June.”

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