COVENTRY musicians can put themselves centre stage as part of Terry Hall’s four-day HOME SESSIONS festival.
As part of legendary Specials front man’s extravaganza in partnership with Coventry City of Culture Trust, curator Terry is staging HOME GROWN, offering artists the chance to perform in their own city.
Successful entrants will be chosen by six panellists – Terry Hall and his creative producer Suzanne Bisset, singer/songwriter Peter Doherty, Strap Originals producer Jai Stanley, Letitia George, presenter of BBC CWR and Sarah Morgan, director, Tin Music and Arts.
The HOME SESSIONS four-day City of Culture festival of live music, DJ Sets, Film and Spoken Word takes place at iconic city centre venues between July 29 and August 1.
Terry said: “I’m delighted to offer a platform to the brilliant array of talent from Coventry.
“I know what it’s like being in a new band getting my music out there, so I’m hoping this is a chance to shine a light of some fantastic talent in the city.
“I’d encourage unsigned and signed acts to enter. We want acts of all genres. The initiative is a highlight for me in the festival and I will work through the list of entries with fellow judges.
“We will select a diverse range of the sounds from Coventry. I’m looking forward to hearing the latest crop of new music from the city.”
Selected local musicians will appear alongside Coventry music scene alumni and international performers including The Libertines, Pete Doherty, Roni Size, Lightning Seeds, Alabama 3, The Pop Group, Alan McGee, Daddy G and Queen Bee.
On-stage spots for all music and spoken word genres are available, including but not limited to solo artists, bands, DJs, duos, electronic artists, choirs and poetry/rap artists.
Applicants must live in a CV postcode, provide their own instruments/equipment, be available between July 29 and August 1 and be aged 18 or over on their performance date.
To enter, supply a link to at least one performance track video or audio file on YouTube, SoundCloud or Soundmix) before this Saturday’s deadline (July 10).
Multiple criteria, including the number of applications from each genre, availability and technical requirements, will determine those chosen.