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Liverpool's unsigned music stars set to battle it out at Out On Stage 2015

Wed 25th, Feb

Local people are being urged to turn out for the semi-finals of a major Liverpool talent search that will result in two unsigned acts performing in front of tens of thousands of music fans.

Fifteen bands/singers, drawn from what is expected to be over a 100 applicants, will battle it out to play this summer’s Liverpool Pride, Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF), Sound City and Liverpool Loves festivals at the Michael Causer Foundation’s Out On Stage 2015 due to be hosted at the fantastic new music venue,  Constellations, 35-39 Greenland Street,L1 0BS. 

The key dates are:

  • Semi-final 1 – Wed 15th April
  • Semi-final 2 – Wed 22nd April
  • Semi-final 3 – Wed 29th April
  • GRAND FINAL – Thurs 7th May 

Tickets – priced from just £2.50 – have gone on sale for the event, which is being supported by a range of partners including…… and backed by the former Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar, Chair of the Michael Causer Foundation

The judging panel will include commercial music experts Karl Connor and Jen Corrigan, from Liverpool-based Fierce Management; LIMF Curator Yaw Owusu; Sound City guru Dave Pichilingi; Debbie Boyd of Orb Events (organisers of the Liverpool Loves Festival) and Liverpool Pride. 

Out On Stage’s winning act will perform on the main stage at August’s Liverpool Pride, which attracted a crowd of around 50,000 last year. And at least one act could also be chosen to perform at this summer’s Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF), Sound City (22-24th May) and Liverpool Loves.

Lynn Pates, Interim Chair of the Michael Causer Foundation, said: “We’ve all been absolutely blown away by the quality of the acts that have performed at the heats.
“We all know Liverpool is a great city for music – and it’s going to be a tough call for the judges next week because the standard of the finalists is so high. We’re hoping for a great turnout at the final and it promises to be a brilliant night, whether you’re a dedicated fan of the live music scene or just want to be thoroughly entertained for a very worthy cause.”

The competition has been organised with the support of the Constellations team headed by Becky Pope, LIPA students Joelle Vella and Lee Elkin and the Michael Causer Foundation. Only local businesses will be involved in supplying printing, artwork, media, PR, lighting & PA equipment and catering for the whole event.
  
VIP, premium and other tickets, including food and drink packages, are also available, priced from £10 to £30 per head.

All money raised will go to the Michael Causer Foundation which supports victims of LGBT hate crime and seeks to educate, motivate and accommodate vulnerable young LGBT people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

The Foundation was launched in memory of gay teenager Michael Causer, aged 18, from Whiston, who was brutally attacked at a house party in 2008 and never recovered from his injuries.

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