Translink Metro moves in tune with Belfast city through new music competition

Metro Sessions, a new music talent competition, was launched today by Translink in association with the Oh Yeah Music Centre. The contest will give aspiring musicians and songwriters the chance to win £1,000, a recording session, industry mentoring, radio airtime from the Official Media Partner of Metro Sessions, Q Radio, and the chance to play an outdoor showcase gig at Belfast City Hall, as part of the 2019 Sound of Belfast Festival.

Whether you’re a singer, songwriter, rapper or rock band, Translink is encouraging acts to show off their talent and submit a video performing a song of their choice. A judging panel of industry professionals will shortlist five acts, who will perform outside Belfast’s iconic City Hall on Saturday 2nd November at 2pm in front of a live audience, kicking off a 48-hour public vote with the winner taking home the coveted prize.

Speaking at the launch, Damian Bannon, Belfast Area Manager, Translink said:

“Translink Metro is the lifeblood of Belfast, connecting people from all walks of life and our new competition is a celebration of the city through music. As Belfast prepares to bid for UNESCO City of Music status in 2021, it’s the perfect backdrop to launch our Metro Sessions competition, acknowledging the key role public transport plays in helping aspiring musicians on their musical journey.

“Northern Ireland has always bred great original musical talent. For a relatively small population, we have produced some of the biggest musicians in the world like Snow Patrol and Van Morrison. We’re excited to review submissions and see the short-listed acts take to the stage on November 2nd. It’s going to be a fantastic show!”

Charlotte Dryden, Chief Executive, Oh Yeah Music Centre said:
We are delighted to be working with Translink on this initiative and it is wonderful to see an organisation recognise the important contribution of our musicians by offering these kind of opportunities for development, platform and performance.

“Public transport is an essential part of every aspiring musician’s day to day life; it is flexible and affordable and so this partnership with Translink is in tune with our own ambitions to support artists.

“The competition is open to all genres of music and offers local artists and bands a wonderful opportunity to have their music heard by lots of people, and to win some amazing prizes.”

Metro Sessions is free to enter. Musicians can submit their track before the closing date of Thursday 17th October at 5pm. Only one song per artist to be submitted.  Entrants must be a resident of Northern Ireland, demonstrate a connection to Belfast and be willing to participate in promotional activity if selected. Q Radio is the Official Media Partner of Metro Sessions.

Full details on how to enter can be found at www.soundofbelfast.com/metrosessions. Follow the conversation online using #MetroSessions.

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