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Next Big Thing

The music contest for new and emerging musical acts from the East of England

The music contest for new and emerging musical acts from the East of England

Seven local acts have been selected to battle out in the Next Big Thing final on the 5th of March. Three acts went through after the first semi-final, on the the 30th of January: Clyde Automaton, Catnip and Claws and Savage Island.

The second semi-final, on Sunday the 31st, was won by Dazy Crown, Maya Law and Real Life Charm. The judges decided also to give a wildcard for the final to Lobster who were the runners up on Saturday.

It has been a difficult choice for the Next Big Thing judges considering the quality of this year semi-finalists who have been selected from over 100 acts from Norfolk and Suffolk. The winner of the Next Big Thing will be announced on the 5th of March and will receive £500 cash courtesy of Access to Music

The final will take place at OPEN on March 5th 2016. Judges will be a selection of those already working in a wide variety of roles within the music industry.  The Next Big Thing is open to all musicians – based in Norfolk or Suffolk - who can win  the prestigious title of NEXT BIG THING 2015/16  and £500 cash courtesy of Access to Music !

These are the profiles of the finalists:

Catnip and Claws
One auspicious day, a bored musician with a love of technology and a dream of bending rules and weaving tales suddenly found herself bitten by a radioactive cat. She stared deep into its laser eyes, transfixed. The cat seemed to be telling her something and the message was clear. Nanoseconds later, twinned with a strange desire to sit on her neighbours car bonnet, she shirked off the responsibilities of a mundane life, pawned her guitar, midi-ed her hairbrush and bought a sampler...

Listen to some of their songs here:

9+ collective designing mellow jazz, funky arrangements and sultry vocal melodies. 17 years average age. Lobster have developed into one of the must see bands here in Norwich with a sound absolutely tailor made for a Friday night

Listen to some of their songs here:

Clyde Automaton
"Bedroom producer", music enthusiast and hip hop connoisseur, Beats all day.. Small village boy

Listen to some of the songs here:

Real Life Charm
A 7 piece arts & music collective from Norwich, UK. They combine their talents in art, music, film & design to create Real Life Charms every output. Everything you see & hear is created in house, from the production and recording of the track to the music videos they have shot.

Listen to some of their songs here:

Savage Island

5-piece savage rock'n'roll with lots of influences and a style that can't be easily pinned down or pigeonholed, but is always high-energy and dance-oriented. Featuring a horn section, pounding drums, psych-surf guitar and rhythm'n'blues inspired bass.

Listen to some of their songs here:

Maya Law
A 16 year old student from Norwich. I'm currently in the middle of writing/recording/producing my first five-song EP which is mainly singer/songwriter-esque but has heavy influences of hip hop, reggae, and pop. My main inspirations are Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, and Melanie Martinez.

Listen to some of her songs here:

Dazy Crown
A project started by song-writer, multi-instrumentalist, and self-producing musician Thomas Little - hailing from the small town of Newmarket Ontario in Canada. Inspired by both the classic and modern sounds of surf/garage rock, Dazy Crown combines a retro lo-fi sound with fresh rhythms, simple melodies, and funky vibes.
Listen to some of his songs here:

The other semi-finalists this year were: Aplah, Young States, Happy Coloured Marbles, Midnight Zoo, Luke Peter Foster, The Beelips and Ben Male
Future Radio’s Next Big Think is brought to you in association with Open Live music venue and Outline Magazine.

The Next Big Thing is Future Radio's competition for new and emerging musical acts from the East of England. With previous winners such as Ed Sheeran, Hello Bear,  Raevennan Husbandes , The Thinking Men and last year’s winner Harry Edwards.

Picture by Gordon Woolcock, last year winner Harry Edwards

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