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

Renowned singer/songwriter Roddy Woomble of Idlewild will be heading to Newcastle Academy on Saturday 3rd 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 Newcastle workshops will include expert speakers such as Agent and Publicist Jonathan Wingate of Virgin Records, who has worked with an impressive roaster of musicians including Bjork, Led Zepplin and Paul McCartney as well as the UK’s no 1 promoter Vince Power of the Mean Fiddler Group, who helped launch the careers of Tinita Tikaram and Norah Jones. 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 Dave Stewart there will be a legion of stars supporting O2 Undiscovered including Danny McNamara, Bobby Gillespie, Roddy Woomble 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 other 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 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

The Side, 4-May, The Animals – rehearsal room, 2pm

The Other Lindisfarne, 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 PANALISTS

A&R Man

Paul Scoular, Island Records

Publicist, Jonathan Wingate, Journalism/broadcast/TV Radio

The Manager, Grant Dickson, The View

Musician/Songwriter, Roddy Woomble, Idlewild

Plugger, Narrinder Bains, Warner Brothers

Promoter, Vince Power, Mean Fiddler founder

Promoter, Kelly Chappell, Live Nation

Producer, Ian Stewart, Blueprint Studios

Lawyer

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Murray Buchanan

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Mylo / Biffy Clyro