Visiting 8 cities across the UK, Bigga Fish’s ‘Just Talent’ tour will seek out and shine a light on the best up and coming musical talent from around the UK, in association with vInspired and GRM Daily.
Launching the ‘Just Talent’ tour in 2013, the programme will begin in February holding open auditions in 8 cities across the UK; London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newport, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester. The auditions will give young people the chance to showcase their skills to a band of 4 industry judges comprising of booking agents, A&Rs, marketing professionals and a representative from the Bigga Fish street team.
From the open auditions, 10 semi-finalists will be chosen in each city. Through profiles set up for each of them on the ‘Just Talent…’ website, each act will be given a fact sheet on PR and marketing and need to encourage people to vote for them.
These 80 semi-finalists will be invited to return and perform at a showcase event within their city in April, in front of the 4 judges and a small audience. The judges will choose one overall winner per city, taking into account the voting that has taken place prior to the event.
The 8 finalists will be invited to attend a development weekend during May half-term where they will receive vocal coaching, take part in stage presence workshops, and rehearse with a live band. This will prepare them for the Grand Finale in London where the 8 finalists will perform to an audience of 500 people. The top 3 acts chosen by the judges at the Grande Finale will be rewarded with a great selection of industry prizes including studio time, a professional music video, a PR package and song-writing workshops.
The industry judges include: Fiona Ramsay (BMG, Music World, Stoked PR), Michael Lawrence (booking agent – the Hub Entertainment), Shaurav D’Silva (A&R – Universal /3beat Records) and Posty (Co-founder – GRM Daily).
‘Bigga Fish is a positive, diverse and unique organisation of young people, catering for young people. It gives them the space, support and freedom to express themselves. I have always been honoured to be involved in their events and projects, and I am extremely proud of the young organisers and performers.’
Ms Dynamite (Artist – Mercury, double BRIT and triple MOBO Award Winner)
First round audition dates:
Liverpool – Sunday 17 February, The Black-e, 1 Great George Street, Liverpool L1 5EW
Newcastle – Monday 18 February, TigerTiger, The Gate, Newgate Street, Newgate St NE1 5RE
Leeds – Wednesday 20 February, TigerTiger ,The Light, 117 Albion Street, LS2 8DY
Manchester – Thursday 21 February, TigerTiger, The Printworks, Withy Grove, M4 2BS
Sheffield – Friday 22 February, Red Tape, 50 Shoreham Street, S1 4SP
Newport – Saturday 23 February, Bella Bella, 42 Clarence Place Newport NP19 OAH
Birmingham – Sunday 24 February , 78 Bar, 4, The Custard Factory Gibb Street. Birmingham, B9 4AA
London – Sunday 3 March, Bigga Fish HQ, 9 Club Row, London E1 6JX
Due to high demand, registration for the London and Birmingham auditions for the Bigga Fish Just Talent Tour are now CLOSED!!!
Second Round Auditions / Public Showcase Events:
Grande Finale Event:
To register for an audition slot please email – firstname.lastname@example.org stating the following information;
- Your name
- Audition city
- Email address
- Telephone number
- You must be between 14 – 25 years of age upon entry.
- We cannot accommodate live bands.
- If you make it through to the final stage and are aged between 14-15 years you must be accompanied by a chaperone.
- You can perform an original or cover track on your first audition to a backing track or acapella.