Ballymena’s Paul supports call for ‘Big Music’ entries

The Big Music Project is calling on Northern Ireland's aspiring young musicians aged between 14 and 24 to enter The Big Music Project Competition. Photographer William Cherry /  Press Eye.
The Big Music Project is calling on Northern Ireland's aspiring young musicians aged between 14 and 24 to enter The Big Music Project Competition. Photographer William Cherry / Press Eye.

A young Ballymena man is supporting a call for entries from Northern Ireland’s aspiring young musicians aged 14-24 to The Big Music Project.

Paul Shevlin, who beat 12 acts in the previous national final to be crowned Next BRIT Thing in 2012, is encouraging other young people to upload their tracks and get voting,

The Big Music Project Competition is powered by Next BRIT Thing, part of the Big Lottery-funded The Big Music Project, and entrants will be competing for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform at in a live final at The O2 in London during BRITs Week; VIP tickets to the BRIT Awards 2015; a private recording session at the world-famous Abbey Road studios; a solo performance at Classic FM Live in 2015 in the prestigious Royal Albert Hall and to have track included on the BRIT Awards 2016 album.

Paul says: “A couple of years ago I was gigging in Belfast with my band, hoping that our big break would come along. I entered Next BRIT Thing on a whim and before I knew it I was performing at The O2, recording at Abbey Road Studios, travelling to London to work with great producers, going on tour with The Big Music Project and now my band are signing a publishing deal and starting work on our debut album.

“The Next BRIT Thing competition gave me experience on a different level and opened up a world of music contacts and opportunities for me. If you’re in Northern Ireland and dreaming of a career in music, get involved. Don’t let this chance pass you by - you never know where it might lead.”

Lynne McDowell who heads up PR for the BPI – the people behind The BRIT Awards – and is originally from Ballymena, says: “If you’re interested in performing in front of some of the industry’s top execs, learning about how the business really works, and being mentored by professionals, then upload your tracks and we could be bringing you to The BRIT Awards, Abbey Road or the prestigious Royal Albert Hall next year!”

For details on how to enter visit http://www.thebigmusicproject.co.uk/.