Crafters represent Harrogate


Crafters represent Harrogate

Harrogate band Crafters will represent Harrogate and Knaresborough in the best band category at this year’s national Rock The House competition. The band, which was selected by Andrew Jones MP and his team on the strength of their catchy original music and professional sound, are now up against other acts from all over the UK to writing an essay on why you deserve a scholarship qualify for a battle of the bands final at the House of Commons, Westminster, in May.

Now in its second year, the Parliamentary competition celebrates the very best of up-and-coming unsigned British artists and the live music venues that support them. It aims to raise the political profile of the importance of intellectual property rights and copyright for musicians, among parliamentarians. Each MP in the UK is invited to nominate a solo artist, a band and an under-18s act. A panel of international music experts and musicians will determine the finalists for the battle of the bands final. The winners in each category will play a live set on the Terrace of the House of Commons and win once-in a-lifetime prizes.

Crafters, who were interviewed by Stray FM with Andrew Jones MP last week, are delighted to have been picked as best band for Harrogate & Knaresborough. “We have been working really hard on our songs, our live set and our promotion, and are over the moon that it’s starting to pay off,” said Tom Meyer, guitarist. “The internet is full of new music, which is fantastic, but research paper outline lesson plan it can be hard to be noticed. Being entered into a competition of this calibre gives us an amazing opportunity to play our music in front of music industry heavyweights and also gives us great kudos locally. As a result of being selected, we have been confirmed for two slots at Dragongate Festival in June and at MFEST at Harewood House in July, where we will be on the same bill as the likes of Bob Geldof, Scouting for Girls, Matt Cardle, Cher Llloyd and The Human League. We are also looking forward to playing at Culture Shock Festival in June and many other gigs around Leeds, Harrogate and York in the meantime. These are exciting times.”

Andrew Jones MP added, “There is a wealth of apa bibliography help musical talent in Harrogate and Knaresborough and some very supportive, long-standing live music venues where local bands including Crafters are given the opportunity to grow in confidence and ability. The district abounds with live music in pubs and venues and this helps to attract business and tourism. I want to support the enormous cultural and financial benefits the music industry brings to our country. Rock the House is trying to secure the financial future of songwriters, performers and venues by bringing live music issues to the House of Commons.”

“The standard of entries into our regional heat was extremely high and it was hard to choose a winner of each category. Crafters presented their defining song professionally. I am confident that their music, which is vibrant and catchy, is a strong contender for the national competition. It was great to meet them to find out more and I now enjoy listening to their EP in my car! I wish them the very best of luck.”

Another local band Unknown Society are entered into the under 18s category.

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Crafters and Andrew Jones MP

Crafters represent Harrogate for Rock the House 2012