Your chance to record at the Beatles’ Abbey Road Studios

The Big Music Project competition gives budding artists the opportunity to experience a famous environment

The Beatles outside Abbey Road Studios

Want to follow in the footsteps of the Beatles and record in the hallowed grounds of Abbey Road Studios?

The Big Music Project competition will give some budding artists the chance to do just that.

It offers a unique prize to budding musicians between the ages of 14 and 24.

Winners will receive star-filled VIP tickets to the BRIT Awards, a private recording session at Abbey Road Studios, a solo performance at the Royal Albert Hall and your track on the 2016 BRIT Awards album.

The competition offers aspirants the ultimate opportunity to connect with the music industry and benefit from the guidance and mentorship of industry leaders. Lynne McDowell, who works for BPI (the people behind the BRIT Awards), said the competition offers a great chance for talented musicians to follow in the footsteps of our local musical talent who have made it big.

She added: ‘It’s no secret that Northern Ireland has produced some of the world’s greatest musicians and songwriters, from Van Morrison to Gary Lightbody, but it’s time for a new generation to have a real chance.

“The Big Music Project and the BPI are delighted to come to Belfast at a time when the city is bubbling with talented bands and artists of all genres. I’m biased, of course, but it would be great to see a young Northern Irish artist win a BRIT Award someday soon. So upload your tracks and we might take you to the BRIT Awards, Abbey Road or the prestigious Royal Albert Hall next year. Ballymena-born Paul Shevlin, who beat 12 acts in the previous national final to be crowned Next BRIT Thing in 2012, said: “A few years ago I was playing in Belfast with my band.

“I got into Next BRIT Thing on a whim and before I knew it I was playing The O2, recording at Abbey Road Studios, touring with The Big Music Project and now my band are signing a contract. editing and start working on our debut album.”

The competition, divided into age groups of 14-18 and 19-24, will see young people share their music online . Entries that attract enough votes from the public will have their music heard by top industry executives and may go on to perform at a series of regional rounds.

The project will tour Belfast and 12 other locations next month.

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