MUSIC ROYALTY JOIN FORCES WITH O2 UNDISCOVERED TO BRING MUSIC TO BRISTOL AND SUPPORT GRASS ROOTS TALENT

Renowned singer/songwriter and front man of Elbow Guy Garvey will be heading to Bristol Academy on Saturday 31st May 2008 with O2 Undiscovered Regional Workshops. Now in its 3rd year, the UK’s leading music programme that has evolved to open up careers in the music industry to people through out the UK.

The Bristol workshops will include expert speakers such as A&R supremo Olivier Behzadi from Sony/MTV, Agent and Publicist Nick Godwyn from 19 Management, who has worked with a number of high profile musicians including Amy Winehouse, and renowned music lawyer Nigel Jones who can name Kyle as one of the many stars on his impressive roaster! In addition to the main talks there will be selected one to one sessions where attendees can bring along their music to be professionally A&R’d plus managers and producers will offer individual advice on making it in the music business.

As well as Guy Garvey there will be a legion of stars supporting O2 Undiscovered including Danny McNamara, Dave Stewart, Bobby Gillespie, Johnny Borrell and Ian Brown. O2 Undiscovered 2008 will start with Undiscovered Workshops at The O2 Wireless Weekenders throughout May, where they will be at hand to offer expert advice to anyone looking to get into the music industry.

The O2 Undiscovered Regional Workshops will visit Newcastle Academy (3rd May), Glasgow Academy (10th May), Manchester Academy 2 (17th May), Birmingham Academy 2 (24th May) and Bristol Academy (31st May). Limited free places for each workshop are available at www.o2undiscovered.co.uk along with a full running order for each event.

Each of the O2 Undiscovered Regional Workshop events will be open from 11am-3pm and provide access to a panel of seven experts: A&R, artist management, musician, producer, music lawyer, promoter, venue owner and music agent. Each panel member will give talks, answer questions and provide advice to any musicians or individuals wanting a job in the music industry. So whether attendees want to be the next Radiohead, Timbaland or Malcolm McLaren there will be someone to help make daydreams a reality.

Experts confirmed for the O2 Undiscovered Regional Workshops include Dave Stewart,

Danny McNamarra (Embrace) and Eugene Kelley (The Vaselines and Eugenius).

These will be supported by experts who have managed and produced some of the biggest names in the music business including Roddy Woomble (Idlewild), Grant Dickson (View Manager) Vince Power (Mean Fiddler Founder), Paul Carey (The Who) and Nigel Jones (Kyle). A full list of the panel is on the Undiscovered website.

Wireless Weekender Cinema Screenings

As well as the O2 Undiscovered Regional Workshops there will be cinema screenings with films dedicated to music of each city. These will include:

Cinema, Date, Films, Times

Watershed, 1-Jun, Naked and Famous, 2pm

Portishead: Live in New York, 4pm

Break It Down & Living Inside the Speaker, 4pm

The O2 Undiscovered workshops at the Wireless Weekenders will be the first of a full programme of Undiscovered activity that aims to de-mystify the music industry and provide advice and access to anyone who wants a career both on the front of a CD or in the credits.

Other elements of O2 Undiscovered 2008 will be a series of work placements in the music industry and a O2 Undiscovered bespoke stage created at the O2 arena where unsigned bands can apply to play via the O2 Undiscovered website.

O2 UNDISCOVERED AMBASSADORS AND PANELISTS

A&R Man, Olivier Behzadi, Sony/MTV

The Agent/Publicist, Nick Godwyn, 19 Management

The Manager, Phil Chadwick, Client: Elbow

Publicist, Jonathan Wingate, Journalism/broadcast/TV Radio

Radio DJ/Plugger, DJ Dan, Propaganda

The Musician/Songwriter, Guy Garvey, Client: Elbow

Gig Promoter, Rag , Client: Just Jack

The Producer, Ian Stewart, Blueprint Studios

The Lawyer, Nigel Jones, Client: Kylie Minogue

For further information, please contact Ikenna Lewis – Miller at Mission on 020 7734 7866 or email ikenna@mission-media.co.uk