North Devon musicians to get their own X-Factor style competition

BUDDING music stars of the future are being given their chance to shine at an X-Factor-style charity event being held in North Devon next year. The chance to record in a professional studio and to have their music heard by the movers and shakers in

BUDDING music stars of the future are being given their chance to shine at an X-Factor-style charity event being held in North Devon next year.

The chance to record in a professional studio and to have their music heard by the movers and shakers in the British music industry beckons for the winners of the North Devon X-Factor Animal Charity Bash.

Today (Wednesday), organisers opened the nominations for bands or solo artists. The six acts with the most nominations will be invited to perform in front of a panel of judges at the special event in February.

Co-organiser Joanne Bell, from Yelland, has enlisted the help of Tom Watkins from Yard 1 studio in Bideford and Tom Nordon, a music lecturer at Petroc to help run the musical side of the event.


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"This could be the biggest thing to hit North Devon," said Mrs Bell. "It should be a great way to showcase the best talents in Ilfracombe, Bideford and Barnstaple and give young musicians the chance to develop their skills with expert advice from the two Toms.

"The event is definitely for the whole community to have fun and also to raise lots of money for The Dogs' Trust and North Devon Animal Ambulance."

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Tom Watkins, who has been producing music for more than 15 years, urged people to start sending in their nominations for acts to play on the big night.

"The music industry is one of the hardest businesses to get in to but getting a track recorded and mastered could be the first stepping stone for young local musicians," he said.

"Initially, having your music heard is the hardest part but I'll be using my contacts in the industry to ensure it's listened to by the right people."

More details about the event will be available in the New Year but to nominate an act, email nominations@yard1.co.uk

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