Train station hosts music contest final

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Merseyrail train © Wikipedia Creative Commons

Merseyrail train © Wikipedia Creative Commons

Emerging musicians from across Merseyside will be competing in the Merseyrail Sound Station contest to bag a year of professional music industry management.

Ten finalists have been chosen from over 100 entries with the final winner also scooping the prize of recording time and a free Merseyrail travel pass. Moorfields Station will be transformed into a free concert hall packed with local talent.

Merseyrail Sound Station is now in its fourth year and the panel of judges included last year’s winner, Liverpool-based rapper Blue Saint, and Craig Pennington, editor of independent music magazine, Bido Lito.

The Sound Station has also popped up with live stages at some of the city’s best events this summer, such as Sound City, Liverpool International Music Festival, Farm Feast and Africa Oye.

The top 10 finalists

1) The Basement Effect
2) Rossa Murray
3) The Ship Builders
4) Mersey Wylie
5) Gyrus
6) Mono Sideboards
7) Lucy Mayhew
8) Lewis Maxwell
9) Cal Ruddy
10) Katy Alex

Rossa Murray, one of the top ten finalists, told JMU Journalism: “I first entered the competition last year and didn’t get through, but I’ve been working hard all year to improve aspects of my performance.

“I’ve been constantly gigging and writing so I felt more confident this time round. However, I was well aware of the high standard of the competition, so it was a really nice surprise when I found out I got through.”

He added: “I’ve never been able to see myself in a nine to five job or in an office to be honest. I want to travel, see everything and meet new people.

“I suppose the ultimate dream would be to be able to make a living from my music. I’m really looking forward to the final, it should be a great day.”

The festival will take place on Saturday November 21st with the show starting at 1pm.


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