Festival boost for young musicians

Lunar Festival and Brum Radio launch initiative for Midlands music students.

Music students from across the Midlands are being offered the chance to join the 2018 Lunar Festival line-up alongside headliners Amadou & Mariam, Basement Jaxx, Goldfrapp and The Stranglers thanks to a new initiative led by Brum Radio.

The Warwickshire festival, celebrating its fifth birthday this year, has teamed up with the Birmingham-based independent radio station to offer music students of all ages the chance to apply to perform on the Brum Radio New Breed stage brand new to this year’s event.

Following an audition process on Saturday 30th June 2018, 14 acts will be selected by a panel of industry professionals and offered a slot across the festival weekend of Friday 27th-Sunday 29th July 2018.

All entrants must be able to demonstrate that a minimum of 50% of their act is in full-time music education. Entries must be made via email to [email protected] with a link to the applicant’s music and a 50-word biography, by 5 pm on Friday 15th June 2018.

Pete Steel, Head of Music, Brum Radio, said, “We are delighted to be working with Lunar Festival to provide a platform for future talent from Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. We will offer each chosen act exposure through live sessions and interviews on Brum Radio leading up to the festival and pre and post-performance interviews that will be broadcast during and after the weekend. Post Lunar Festival, Brum Radio will continue to build supportive and lasting relationships with the successful acts, helping them to develop and play an important role in the Birmingham music scene and beyond”.

Brum Radio is Birmingham’s independent radio station broadcasting 24/7 online with a mix of music, arts and conversation. Brum Radio offers a fresh approach to radio, with an established presenter line-up of DJs, comedians, raconteurs, promoters, local voices and musicians.

Tickets for the 5000 capacity Lunar Festival, based near the picturesque Warwickshire village of Tanworth-In-Arden just thirty minutes south of Birmingham, are on general sale now.

Committed to staying small whilst thinking big, the 2018 edition of Lunar Festival welcomes the introduction of Lunar’s Seven Elements: Learn, Listen, Taste, Relax, Laugh, Move and Create – placing creativity, community and celebration at the heart of an exciting and diverse programme.

Promoter John Fell commented, “Lunar Festival offering is all about bringing together like-minded individuals, artists, fans and creatives, to realise a shared vision that inspires, entertains, enlightens and captivates through the Seven Elements. We’ve worked hard over the past year to make the 2018 programme our best yet, for the adventurous and the family-orientated.

“Lunar is 100% dedicated to celebrating the wonderful community of music and art lovers that have supported the festival to date, and we look forward to welcoming friends old and new to this year’s edition.”

To support the Brum Radio New Blood Stage, Lunar Festival has announced that there will be a reduced ticket price of £95 for all 4 days of the festival applicable to any person who is in full-time education.

Tickets for Lunar Festival 2018 are on general sale now at www.lunarfestival.co.uk