Ribble Valley performers urged to join in ‘battle-of-bands’ contest

Nigel Evans MP with Mark Hoppus of American rock band Blink-182
Nigel Evans MP with Mark Hoppus of American rock band Blink-182

PERFORMERS from the Ribble Valley are being urged to apply for a new battle of the bands-style competition at the Houses of Parliament.

All MPs can nominate a solo-artist, a band, an under-18s act and the best small live music venue in their constituency to enter the “Rock the House” competition taking place in May.

Now Nigel Evans, Ribble Valley’s long-standing MP, is urging performers from his constituency to get involved. He recently met Mark Hoppus of American rock band Blink-182 to discuss the Rock the House competition.

From all the acts and venues who apply, a panel of expert judges will select three finalists in each category who will then compete in a live battle of the bands on Wednesday, May 30th. The winners in each category will play a live set on the Terrace of the House of Commons at the finalé reception. Competition prizes also include a chance to play at Download Festival.

Speaking from Westminster, Mr Evans said: “It was a real pleasure to meet Mark and his wife Skye today to talk about Rock the House, which I think is a fantastic competition.

“The music industry is such a difficult one to break in to and it’s great to have the opportunity to champion local acts from the Ribble Valley and give them the chance to showcase their talent and their material.

“I would like to say to any acts out there – please apply to be involved in this competition, it might just be the breakthrough you’ve been looking for.”

Nigel will be spending the next month deciding which acts to put forward from the Ribble Valley. If you would like to be considered please go to: http://rockthehouse2012.com/apply.html