Seventh Centre Stage finals will see young Yorkshire act head to Reading and Leeds Festival

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Ten up and coming Yorkshire acts will be vying for a coveted slot at Leeds and Reading Festival this summer in the CENTRE STAGE 2016 finals, held at the O2 Academy Leeds next week.


From three nights of heats at Belgrave Music Hall back in April, these young hopefuls will be taking to the Academy’s stage on Wednesday, July 27 to win that festival appearance – as well as raising thousands of pounds for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Now in it’s seventh year, the Centre Stage competition remains a wonderfully unique opportunity for young bands. It gives them a vital platform from which to share their music and be part of a growing network of bands, promoters, photographers and the media.

But equally as importantly, it helps the bands raise money for young children with life-limiting illnesses get the care and support they and their families need. This is at the heart of the competition – it’s inspiring ethos is young people helping young people, and that is worth supporting this amazing competition.

We’ve been involved since Centre Stage’s inception, and we’ve seen some pretty amazing bands be part of it. Helping to raise more than £250,000 over the last few years have been THE MEXANINES, MARSICANS, CARNABELLS, KING NO-ONE and POLO – who’ve all gone on to rather good things, and continue to fly the flag for this prestigious competition.

Joining the ranks of awesomeness will be this year’s ten contenders – one of which will be taking to the BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds and Reading Festivals next month, as well as have a music video made for them, thanks to the bloody brilliant Shot By Sodium.


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The night will be opened by last year’s winners, York three-piece THE MALLRATS who will be performing with the kids from Rock School UK, and your host with the most is Leeds producer Ed Heaton, who has recently worked on NARCS’ new album, A Thinking Animal.

Judging on the night, and will be responsible for making one of those ten acts’ summers will be Mike Heaton and Mickey Dale from Embrace, who are taking time out from making their new album to continue their support for Centre Stage.

Also returning once again as judges are The Cribs drummer Ross Jarman and Pulled Apart by Horses guitarist James Brown – fresh from their massive Millennium Square gig this Friday – and Reading and Leeds band booker Jon McIldowie.

The Centre Stage 2016 final will be held on Wednesday July 27 at the  O2 Academy, Leeds. Doors open 6pm with the show starting at 7pm. Tickets (£7.50/£5.50 cons) are available HERE or you can pay on the door.

We rave about many a gig, urging you to go check out a band or whatever, but this one is pretty special and we REALLY recommend you head down to the O2 Academy Leeds if you can.

Your attendance will directly help support the amazing work the staff and volunteers do at Martin House Children’s Hospice in caring for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Buy merch, stick your change in the collection buckets, support all the bands who’ve raised loads of money and help make a difference. Cheers.

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