Regional unsigned heats announced for Bristol Festival

News: 24th June 2010 by Louise Dodgson under Live

Teenage Rampage is kicking back into gear this summer with a unique tour for 2010...
On 25th and 26th September 2010 Teenage Rampage will take over a stage at the fast growing Bristol Festival taking place on the harbourside right in the centre of the city.

8 young acts chosen from across the South West will get the chance to perform on the Bristol Festival Teenage Rampage stage and will be joined by Teenage Rampage bands from 2009 plus some very special guests.

The 8 acts will be chosen from regional heats to be held across the South West through July and August, stretching from Cornwall to Gloucester and all the way down to Bournemouth.
Look out for where your local heat is!

Each heat winner will get a mentor from industry, a day in a recording studio, a track on the Teenage Rampage Summer Tour 2010 CD, and appear in the Teenage Rampage Summer Tour 2010 film!

And that’s not all.....The Teenage Rampage Apprenticeship programme will provide work experience for a select number of young people and a short course on the music industry written by professionals from the music business.

Get involved! Grab the chance to help promote and run your local heat, work alongside professionals from industry, and join in with running the Teenage Rampage stage at the Bristol Festival. Plus, there will be opportunities in the studio to help record the heat winning bands, to help promote the Teenage Rampage Summer Tour CD and learn about marketing, management and running record labels in the music industry and much more!

With filming, fashion, and business opportunities Teenage Rampage is the where to be this summer if you are young and can’t wait to get involved in what could be the start of an exciting career!

Bristol Music Foundation Chair, Matt Booth said, “I am delighted that we have such a strong Teenage Rampage project lined up for this summer and can’t wait to find out which talented young musicians we might meet. We set Teenage Rampage up as an alternative to short-term competitions and talent shows in order to provide young people with genuine opportunities to develop a career in a way that is truly reflective of the music industry. With our range of mentors and our wider industry network we believe we can offer something that genuinely supports young people to gain guidance that lasts well beyond their appearance at a local heat. We will also be building a team of young apprentices that will help us to run the regional heats and our big gig in September at the Bristol Festival”.

"Everything has happened really as a result of playing Teenage Rampage last year: we've also had gigs in Bristol and airplay on Radio Bristol. The great thing with them is that once you've been involved, they remain supportive. They nurture you and give you opportunities without forcing you to do things you don't want, which has been perfect for us."
Abi Sinclair, The Orkid

“It has been a godsend for us. It has helped us so much to get ourselves known”
Ky Witney, The Naturals

Teenage Rampage aims to identify, support, develop and network young under-19 musicians and young people across the South West. Teenage Rampage supports the musical, performance and skills development of a wide range of young people, identifies young people that have a notable talent as a musician, songwriter, entrepreneur, or with a drive to gain specific industry based experience, and provides commercial and performance progression routes for talented young music makers linking young people to genuine mainstream commercial industry expertise.

Teenage Rampage acts from previous tours have recorded sessions at Maida Vale Studios for BBC Radio 1, been played on other national radio stations including BBC 6 Music, recorded with internationally known record producers, appeared on internationally promoted releases, supported national touring bands, gained employment in the music industry and much more.
All information and application forms are to be found at the Teenage Rampage website below.

The regional heats take place in:
Mr Wolf’s, Bristol                          Saturday 10th July    1pm to 5pm
The Winchester, Bournemouth    Saturday 17th July    7pm
Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter        Friday 23rd July    7pm
Guildhall, Gloucester                    Saturday 24th July    7pm
The Perfect 5th, Taunton             Monday 26th July    6pm
12 Bar, Swindon                          Tuesday 27th July    6pm
Rees Centre, Plymouth                Saturday 7th August    7pm
Live Bar, Truro                             Friday 13th August    7pm

The deadlines for all applications are as follows:
Bristol                 25th June
Bournemouth      2nd July
Exeter                 2nd July
Gloucester          2nd July
Taunton               9th July
Swindon             9th July
Truro                 16th July
Plymouth           16th July

The deadline for all Teenage Rampage Apprenticeships applications is 18th June. However, we will accept applications after this date and consider such applicants for any opportunities. All applicants must be between 11 and 19 years of age. The majority of any band applying must be under 19. All performers and apprentices must complete and return an application form by the deadline date to take part. An additional Devon Schools heat will take place at the Mix Festival, Westpoint Arena, near Exeter on 23rd June.

Teenage Rampage is run by the Bristol Music Foundation and supported by Youth Music in partnership with the following organisations in the region:

Music Industry Education, The Event Safety Shop, Bristol Festival, Music Leader SW, the WOMAD Foundation, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Devon Music Service, BBC Blast, Wired, Gloucestershire Music Service, Swindon Music Service, Bristol Music Service, Cornwall Music Service, Basement Studios, the Kingswood Foundation, St Georges Bristol, Soundstorm, SW1 Productions, North Devon Music Forum, Dorset Music Forum, Swindon Music Forum, Gloucestershire Music Forum, Somerset Music Hub and Wiltshire Music Connect.

Youth Music’s Open Programme distributes £2 million annually to fund music-making activity for children and young people across England.

Youth Music works with some of the UK’s most disadvantaged young people, providing free access to high quality music making. Youth Music is an independent national children’s charity and since 1999 have reached over 2 million children and young people, helping to transform their lives through the power of music. More information is available at

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