Friday, 8 April 2016


It's year seven of Martin House Children's Hospice's prestigious music competition for young, Yorkshire bands and musicians. Three nights of heats, and a music industry panel, will decide 2016’s finalists who will then compete at O2 Academy Leeds, on 27th July, for a place at Leeds AND Reading 2016 and a music video by local film makers, Sodium.

Centre Stage 2016 kicks off from the 18th – 20th April, at the Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds, and promises to be swarming with local, young talent from the region. Whether or not you support any of the contenders, this is an event not to be missed if you care about music and the best up and coming talent in Yorkshire. Previous winners The Mallrats will also be performing. 

Contending acts include: 

Monday 18th April:

  • CARA
  •  Territory
  •  Danny Aspinall
  •  Shaarks
  •  Blyss
  •  Retaliation
  •  The Velveteens

 Tuesday 19th April:

  •  The Indigo Project
  •  Faux Pas
  •  Cole Lawton-Challenger
  •  The Haze
  •  Molly Rymer
  •  Tree
  •  Plus Special Guests - The Mallrats (Winners 2015)

 Wednesday 20th April:

  • The Elephant Trees
  •  Liberate
  •  Drax
  •  Hierarchy
  •  Dan Hughes
  •  Lewis Crossley
  •  Big Bad Rabbit

Mike Heaton, of Embrace, who works closely on the project, says “We have an exciting array of contenders so far, both soloists and bands. We can still accommodate a couple more acts, so I’d urge young acts to really seize this opportunity. It has been so satisfying to recently see past Centre Stage winners and finalists signing record deals and gigging the country.”

The competition, which continues to receive involvement and support from Yorkshire bands Embrace, Pigeon Detectives, The Cribs and Pulled Apart by Horses, invites young bands and soloists of ANY genre to enter. Participants must be between 11- 22 years old and from Yorkshire: the area in which the hospice offer care and support. For one of the few remaining places, contact Sarah on 01937 844569 or at

Having just hit their £200,000 fundraising target in the competition, the charity are always keen to hear from any companies or individuals who are keen to be involved and offer sponsorship. “Securing this would give us a huge boost and help us to make even more money for Martin House – we’d love to hear from people who would like to share our exposure and journey right through to Leeds Festival.” says Centre Stage Organiser, Sarah Smith.

Overall, the competition is about YOUNG PEOPLE HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE!

The Heats will run from 18th-20th April at The Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds. Doors 6.15pm. Show starts 7pm. The event is pay on the door - £4.

Contact: Sarah Smith – Centre Stage Organiser: // 01937 844569
Twitter: @centrestage2016 // @MartinHouseCH

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