FEATURE: Peace Mix @ The Sage
By Adam Clery on August 6, 2012 in Music
We’re really not ones for panels. Somewhere between the godawful celeb-factory lark that ITV has used to ensure the death of modern pop music, and our own bowel loosening court case flashbacks, the idea that decisions can be made by a number of strangers behind a posh table both worries and terrifies us.
Regardless though, sometimes it’s important to put your needless furniture phobias behind you and recognise a good cause when it comes along. Case in point: the recent Peace Mix event at The Sage.
Local acts were there recording a peace themed song and performing in front of a panel (shudder) of industry judges for a place at the semi-final event at the Eden Project in Cornwall later in the month. Then, naturally, one overall winner from the Eden event will be chosen to perform at the Peace Mix finale alongside “special surprise guests” at London’s Roundhouse on the 28th August.
Winning our leg of the event were teenagers Matthew Dunbar, Mark McGarry and Alex Eastlake, better known as Mad & The Hatters. Embrace them to your bosom, North East.
The real interest here though, is the organisation behind the competition. Peace Mix is a joint grass roots campaign by the Big Lottery Fund and ex gang members in Birmingham, which aims to give young people across the UK a voice and the opportunity to help promote peace through music. There’s also the Peace Mix Mic Relay tour, which is visiting music studios across the UK to promote up-and-coming talent from each area, and showcase local publicly funded music facilities.
But, if you weren’t lucky enough to be chosen to perform at The Sage they’re still eager for people to get involved with the project.
“Musicians, MCs and vocalists aged between 16 and 24 can get involved with Peace Mix through their new crowd-sourced collaboration track that people can contribute their lyrics, beats and music to via the Peace Mix website. If you get chosen to feature on the final SBTV created track you could win the VIP treatment at their Tinchy Stryder headlined gig at the Roundhouse in London at the end of August.”
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