Asian Network

CITY SHOWCASE & BBC ASIAN NETWORK – THE FUTURE STARS

The BBC Asian Network joins forces with City Showcase, London’s leading festival for new music and fashion talent on Tuesday 6th June.

City Showcase is an annual event, this year taking place all week from Monday 5th June to Friday 9th June. Launched in 2003, it has helped to discover artists such as Amy Winehouse, Keane, and Razorlight. The event this year will play host to some of the hottest new emerging acts.

On Tuesday 6th June one lucky Asian Network listener will get to open the show at Kingly Court, London. BBC Asian Network DJ Bobby Friction and Radio 1’s Nihal could be introducing you on stage in front of a packed audience, to lead a line-up that includes talent from Freeform Five, Menis & Nazza T and SonneRele.

Whatever your style of music, Hip Hop to Garage, Pop to Desi Beats, we want to hear from you. Whether you are a solo artist or a group, just send in your ORIGINAL demo. All applications will be judged, and the winner decided, by the BBC Asian Network Music Team. www.bbc.co.uk/asiannetwork has full details oh how to enter.

Full details of the City Showcase events and FREE tickets for the music events or seminars are only available online www.cityshowcase.co.uk.

On Thursday 8th June, exclusive recordings from the event will broadcast on the stations late night music show Friction on the BBC Asian Network (10.00pm -1am) and on the Arts, culture and entertainment show Nikki Bedi on the BBC Asian Network 1230 -1600pm.

As supporters of City Showcase, the Performing Right Society (PRS) will host a week of FREE industry seminars and networking sessions. Leading industry speakers offer advice on a number of issues. BBC Asian Network Head of Music, Mark Strippel and Radio 1 DJ Nihal will be guest speakers at the Urban/Asian Workshop on Thursday 8th June, 2pm.

Notes to Editors

For further information contact Asian Network publicity, 0208 225 6373 or access www.bbc.co.uk/asiannetwork.

To enter the competition demos may be submitted via CD, MD and tape to: City Showcase Competition, BBC Asian Network, The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RF. We are unable to return demo CDs and tapes to unsuccessful applicants. MP3s (under 5mb) may also be emailed to asiannetworkmusic@bbc.co.uk

City Showcase is a not-for-profit festival launched in 2003 and supported by the Mayor of London and Visit London. Founded out of a passionate belief that emerging creative talent deserves more opportunities to develop and showcase work, City Showcase helps tomorrow’s talent make it in the commercial world of today. www.cityshowcase.co.uk.