On Sunday 17 June, six acts from Nottingham will compete at Rock City to be crowned the Future Sound of Nottingham winners for 2012 - and win a slot on the Main Stage at Splendour Festival. Seven judges will be deciding half the vote; the other half is crowd participation. Those judges are;
Craig is the Founder and Managing Director of Confetti Media Group. From 1989 Craig has worked as a tour Manager, front-of-house live sound engineer and studio engineer/ producer with numerous record labels including MCA Records, Earache/ Columbia, EMI, Island/Phonogram, Mute, Geffen and Fairport Convention. He has also been involved with many sound design projects for short films and installations, and currently Confetti owns its own record label called Denizen.
Mark is a radio presenter who has previously been at Trent FM (now Capital FM) for 13 years before he made a move to BBC Radio Nottingham in 2010. He is also a TV presenter for East Midlands Today. During his time at Trent FM he interviewed plenty of famous musicians such as Elton John, Sting, Mary J Blige and Oasis. Mark was a co-founder of Notts Unsigned as he firmly believes in giving local bands and artists radio exposure.
Dom is a writer based in Nottingham. He has been a regular contributor to leading independent music websites Drowned In Sound and Contactmusic for over a decade, and currently writes a monthly local scene column entitled Drowned In Nottingham. In the past year he has covered a variety of events from Primavera Sound and Glastonbury to Jack Daniel's recent birthday celebration show in Nashville, while interviewing the likes of Plan B, Interpol, Meat Loaf, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Sigur Ros, Killing Joke and The National. Aside from that, he also co-runs a rabbit rescue sanctuary that's currently home to 29 rabbits.
Jason manages Jake Bugg, the Nottingham singer/songwriter signed to Mercury records who's recent single Trouble Town and Lightning Bolt have been playlisted on Radio 1, Radio 6 and XFM as well as appearances on Later with Jools Holland and the review show. Jason produced Jake Buggs early recordings, one of the early songs called Country Song has been used as the song on Greene King IPA's latest advertising campaign. Jason's history is as a touring session guitarist, having played for diverse acts from Spritualized and The La's to The Lighthouse family, Billy Jo Spears and Jodie Marie.
Anton is Promotions Director at DHP Group, the organisers of Splendour and the company behind Rock City, The Rescue Rooms, Stealth and the Bodega. He started his career by setting up his own club night with a friend and from there he booked numerous bands and musicians to play at his shows, some including The White Stripes, The Strokes and The Libertines. He now promotes concerts all over the country, and helped establish the now famous Dot to Dot festival in Nottingham and grew it into Bristol and Manchester.
Jared is the Editor in Chief of LeftLion Magazine and the co-founder of LeftLion Media. As a journalist he has written for publications including The Guardian, The Independent, NME, Hip-Hop Connection and DJ Magazine. He has interviewed musicians such as The Prodigy, Ice T, Ziggy Marley, Natalie Imbruglia, Levellers and over a hundred bands and acts from Nottingham. Various news sources have reported him to be the last living descendant of Robin Hood.
As Editor of EG, the entertainment guide at the Nottingham Post, Simon has interviewed the good, the bad and the downright hideous, including Beyonce and 50 Cent, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson and Roger Daltrey, Peter Kay and Lee Evans… oh and S Club 7, Steps, Westlife, the Backstreet Boys, Peter Andre and Katie Price. So there. He’s been doing this for 20 years and is getting on a bit so keep the fekkin noise down.
The Future Sound of Nottingham takes place at Rock City on Sunday 17 June from 6.30pm. Entry is FREE (no tickets - just turn up).
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