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Robin Walker, Worcester’s MP, is visiting the local Caffe Nero at 60 Broad Street, Worcester, on Friday 4th May at 5.00pm as part of a call for nominations from local musicians and live music venues to take part in the second annual Parliamentary live music competition, Rock the House.

The competition was founded by Mike Weatherley MP and is open to under-18s, solo artists, bands and live music venues who have been invited to write to their MP for a chance to be nominated.

Successful applicants are in for a chance to win tens of thousands of pounds worth of music equipment; the chance to play a set at the House of Commons, at festivals and in Caffe Nero cafes; and priceless exposure and the chance to rub shoulders with industry professionals and a plethora of music legends.  The competition counts Alice Cooper, the Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb, Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, Whitesnake’s Bernie Marsden, Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck, Anthrax’s Rob Caggiano, and Busted’s Charlie Simpson among its patrons.

Wes Dance, a folk-rock musician and Worcester’s nominee in the solo artist category, will be appearing at Caffe Nero next Friday.

Robin Walker said:

“I thank Caffe Nero for its community support for live music and this brilliant initiative.  The prizes are incredibly generous and the opportunity for exposure for local musicians such as our very own nominee, Wes Dance, could be career changing.”

Business Development & Music Director of Caffe Nero, Paul Ettinger, said:

“Supporting grassroots British music has long been a part of Caffe Nero’s philosophy, and we have been proud to help musicians reach and develop an audience through our cafes.  Caffe Nero plays a wide variety of music from classical to Latin to jazz – and I strongly urge musicians from all genres to take part.”

Founder of Rock the House, Mike Weatherley MP, said:

“The UK has a world-leading music and creative industry and this competition aims to celebrate the very best up-and-coming artists; and to raise the profile of intellectual property rights among politicians.  We are lucky enough to have an unprecedented level of support from the music industry, Ministers and music legends – so I urge all musicians and live venues to take advantage of the opportunity.”




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