Merseyrail takes musicians to London for special industry showcase

Published: 14 Aug 2019

Merseyrail, a 50:50 Joint Venture between Serco and Abellio, is taking emerging musicians from the region to London for a special industry showcase as part of their Sound Station artist development programme.

Eyesore & The Jinx, Beija Flo and Podge have all been chosen to represent the project at a show in Stoke Newington venue The Waiting Room on Friday 4th October.

Merseyrail Sound Station has ran three semesters of the artist development programme since the project changed formats last year.

In this time they have taken over 30 emerging artists from the region through a series of development sessions which have connected them with music industry experts, honed their songwriting craft and provided tips from high profile musicians.

The three artists selected to play the showcase, in partnership with London promoter Eat Your Own Ears, represent three of the most exciting artists currently plying their trade on Merseyside.

While Eyesore & The Jinx are playing a host of festivals this summer and recently visited Russia as part of a cultural exchange, Beija Flo has exciting plans to launch a series of multi-disciplinary projects later this year.

Wirral-based artist Podge has recently being selected onto to the LIMF Academy programme and played the Sefton Park festival in July alongside the likes of Nile Rodgers and Chic.

Liverpool Bands Vans are also supporting the initiative with the artists travelling down in one of their high specification production vehicles.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said: “When we restructured Sound Station we worked with Bido Lito! to see how the project could address some of the barriers young musicians in the region come up against.

“Opportunities outside of Liverpool and connecting with the London-centric industry were two of the priorities.

“This event is a great opportunity for three artists who have shown a lot of promise. We’re proud that such amazing talent from the Merseyrail network will be representing the region at this event.”

Sam Turner, Projects Manager at Bido Lito!, said: “All the artists who have taken part in Sound Station so far have grasped the opportunities given with two hands.

“I’m excited to see these three artists do their thing in London. They all embody some really exciting elements of Liverpool’s current music scene.”

Merseyrail Sound Station opens for applications for the fourth semester of the project on 22nd August. Musicians from across the region are encouraged to apply.

Krystian Hudson, whose band Salt The Snail took part in semester two earlier this year, said: “Our time on Sound Station was very fruitful. It brought us together as a band and got us into a positive and productive way of thinking and working.

“Every session that we had was informative and inspiring and we came away with so much knowledge and advice. We would heartily recommend any independent band to apply for this programme.”

Visit merseyrailsoundstation.com for more information.

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Notes to editors:

  • Merseyrail Sound Station is an artist development programme designed by Merseyrail and Bido Lito! is launched to support Merseyside’s next generation of musicians. The programme is based around three core components plus a live showcase at Liverpool Central train station. Applications for semester four open on 22nd August.
  • Merseyrail carries circa 110,000 passengers per weekday and operates one of the most intensively used networks in the UK with more than 600 trains per weekday
  • Merseyrail Electrics (2002) is a 50/50 joint venture company between Serco and Abellio, which has a 25 year concession agreement with Merseytravel – the transport executive body and delivery arm of the city region’s Combined Authority
  • Bido Lito! is a monthly magazine for and about Merseyside’s thriving creative community. They are all about the here and now – the musicians, artists, makers and creative minds that make the region’s independent scene stronger than it’s ever been. At the centre of Liverpool’s independent creative scene since 2010, Bido Lito! provides Merseyside with news, reviews, features and comment on the region’s vibrant cultural landscape. Bido Lito! print magazine arrives on the streets of our beloved city each month, while their digital home at bidolito.co.uk is constantly updated with new multimedia content. Bido Lito! is also a creative agency connecting brands with audiences via innovative projects harnessing the power of music and creative culture.
  • For further information or to arrange an interview/photo opportunity, please contact mediaenquiries@merseyrail.org or call Lauren Harmes on 07850 928991.
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