Seaside town becomes a mecca for rising names and new hopefuls
Hotly tipped electronic pop duo Public Service Broadcasting are among the headliners booked for the Mojo Rising festival, taking place in Falmouth and Penryn from February 28 to March 2.
Also taking top billing are Tall Ships, a folky indie trio of former Falmouth students who have toured the UK and Europe supporting Los Campesinos! and Dry the River, as well as headlining the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds festival last year.
Mojo Rising is essentially a celebration of burgeoning UK-wide and Westcountry musical artists who are destined to make an impression on the listening public in the next 12 months. The action will feature more than 30 live performances at various venues in the town, as well as a series of events supported by industry professionals who are geared up to advise and inspire young hopefuls.
The main Friday line-up boasts Tall Ships and London instrumental noise-rock band Three Trapped Tigers, with Emperor Yes and Little Leagues in support, playing in a converted turn-of-the-century warehouse.
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Saturday night features emerging UK live acts The Other Tribe and hotly tipped Seasfire playing at the same venue. Public Service Broadcasting, who use samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material to underpin their sound, bring their unique live show to The Poly on the Saturday night. Other acts confirmed for the festival include The Hit Ups, Were No Heroes, Black Tambourines, Fire Island Pines, Kezia, Night Motor, Shade of Red, Vagabonds and a Box, White Bicycles, Harbour Party, Monarchs, Duke and the Hazards Hydroshima, and Lily and Meg.
A and R panels and a "speed dating" style event where bands can spend 15 minutes with experts from all sectors of the music industry will dominate the daytime schedules. Names include Bob Brimson (Universal) Pete Ward Edwards (Genepool Records) Julian Able (Jam X Management) Jane Montague (head of large scale events at Eden Project) Rick Rogers (DLR management) Nigel Barker (MPAD PR), Jack Jago (Sony A and R scout) and Nigel Adams (Full Time Hobby).
Anyone interested in staging a gig as part of the festival is invited to contact the organisers via their website www.mojorisingfestival.com, where show details and booking information can also be found.