Monday, 12 March 2012

Rock at the racecourse

A lil plug for a forthcoming event in Newbury....

....and here's a bit of the amazing Dry the River performing "History Book" while you read....

Do you aspire to be a rock star like former Newbury resident and Dry the
River lead singer Peter Liddle?

You still have time to enter Greenham Common Trust’s Rock at the
Racecourse event which gives you the chance to win £500 and a day in a
recording studio and play live in front of hundreds of people.

The Trust, which has teamed up with the Newbury Weekly News, is looking
for local, young and talented bands and singer songwriters to enter its ‘battle
of the bands’ themed competition.

All you have to do to enter is record a video of you playing live on Youtube
and send the link to Julian May at by
Friday April 13th to have a chance to win.

Dry the River is currently riding the crest of a wave having just released their
debut album ‘Shallow Bed’ with RCA Victor label, which was recorded in
Connecticut last summer. The band, which has played high-profile gigs on
both sides of the Atlantic recently, after a summer of festival performances,
will headline the London Electric Ballroom in May as well as having been
shortlisted for the BBC Sound of 2012.

But before their rise to fame the band gained some crucial experience from
gigging around the local music scene.

By the time Peter Liddle returned to Newbury as a teenager, he and the
various members of Dry the River – guitarist Matthew Taylor and violinist Will
Harvey, plus Scott Miller (bass) and Jon Warren (drums) – were crossing
paths in various bands on the DIY scene which concentrated around
Southampton, Reading and Newbury’s Waterside Youth Centre.

“It was this cool, grimy little venue,” says the singer. “You could rehearse
there, and they always put on local bands alongside touring artists, which
really helped cultivate the scene. It meant you could sell out a decent venue
with your 16 year old punk band.”

Seven local acts will be shortlisted by judges and their profiles and videos will
be posted on the Rock at the Racecourse page via the NWN’s website: http://

If you are inspired by Dry the River’s success why not get involved in Rock
at the Racecourse? Don’t forget to send your entries in before April 13th and

include a high resolution photograph of the band or act along with a short
profile about yourselves (150 words maximum).

If you are into photography, music journalism or film making we also want
to hear from you. We need young people to photograph and video the final
Rock at the Racecourse event at Newbury Racecourse on Friday, June 29th.
We also want student to put together the programme for the final. If you are
interested please contact Julian May on 01635 817407. The shortlisted bands
will be announced in May. There you can vote for your favourite act which
will count towards their chance of winning at the final. Look out for details in
the Newbury Weekly News, and on Rock at the
Racecourse Facebook page.

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