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Fans cast over 35,000 votes in support of UK’s best new emerging as Pirate Studios’ groundbreaking Prodigy Programme moves to the final phase. Backed by influential chart hit-makers Kate Nash, Jon McClure and the teams behind Liam Gallagher, Charli XCX, The Libertines. In just 14 days, thousands of fans have helped the U.K’s best new music talent power through the Pirate Studios Prodigy Programme to discover the UK’s top emerging acts. 10 bands were selected by public vote and music industry judges from 2000 entries.
The UK’s best new emerging acts have made it through to the final round for their chance to win everything they need to break in 2018.

“I’m so excited to be a part of this. What Pirate Studios are doing for the music scene is the most supportive/coolest thing I’ve seen in years! Get involved.”
Kate Nash, Brit and NME Award Winner

Top 10 acts tipped to break through in 2018 following public vote:

Alex Ohm – blossoming, folk infused West Midlands indie-rock 

Naropa – progressive alt-indie London quintet

Novatines – Bold, brash, inventive and explosive Bath rock band 

Red Rum Club – Burgeoning Merseyside “Tarantino-esque” sextet 

Shambolics – Psychedelic, dreamy rock n roll from Scotland 

The Seamonsters – Summertime in music form from Sheffield all girl sextet 

The Surrenders – Brummy electric rhythm blues and soul band 

Violet Youth – Deep, atmospheric and anthemic indie from Blackburn 

Youth Killed It – Bolshy, free-flowing Norwich indie-punk 5-piece 

Yves – Storming Swindon indie-rock 3 piece 

Pirate Prodigy Programme

An incredible 2000 acts applied from across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland with the help of expert industry judges mentors and partners. Now the top 10 acts are in Pirate’s London studios, creating a high quality live performance video.

Once In a Lifetime Opportunity

An Industry panel and the public will judge live performances before the final push where just 3 bands will stake a claim on the prize. List of industry judges available here

The Prize

The winning acts will receive one-to-one mentoring and masterclasses that cover every aspect needed to help launch a career. These artists will be given EVERYTHING they need to take their career to the next level. 

Monday 30th April – Wednesday 16th May:  The 10 finalists’ video performances will be judged by both the public and industry experts. The public will decide one act and the judges will pick two.

Friday 18th May: The three winning acts are announced.

Exclusive invite only show dates: Thursday 31st May, London Friday 1st June, Bristol Saturday 2nd June, Manchester.

Voting Details

To vote for your favourite act, all you need to do is head to www.piratestudios.co.uk/prodigy To apply for tickets at the exclusive, winners’ gigs, contact prodigy@piratestudios.co.uk



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