Britain's Got Talent star joins Scunthorpe Telegraph Birthday Bash bill - grab your tickets
A Britain’s Got Talent star and a Canadian singing sensation have joined the line-up at the Scunthorpe Telegraph’s 75th Birthday Bash.
Britain’s Got Talent star Ryan O’Shaughnessy – who warmed viewer’s hearts with a song he wrote for his secret love – and international artiste Alyssa Reid will perform at the summer spectacular.
The Scunthorpe Telegraph is having a Birthday Bash to mark its 75th anniversary with a music concert for our readers.
The newspaper has teamed up with Lincs FM and the Baths Hall to stage the concert on July 20.
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Confirmed artists performing in front of 1,800 fans are boy band Lawson, X-Factor’s Misha B and feisty girl group Stooshe.
You can still be in with the chance of getting your hands on four tickets to the gig. Just enter our text competition by answering the question below.
If you have not text in to win your tickets to the celebration, what are you waiting for?
Standing tickets competition entries are only available until Saturday, June 30.
Hundreds of correct entries will be drawn at random and winners will each get four tickets to the show.
But fear not, as under-14s can apply for the chance to win pairs of the remaining seated tickets in the coming weeks.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy shot to fame this year when he reached the live TV final of Britain’s Got Talent.
He captured the hearts of the nation from his first audition, which saw him perform No Name.
Speaking about how his career has taken off since the show, Ryan said: “I got a phone call saying Sony wanted to sign me up, and since then I’ve been too busy.
I’ve been in the studio, I did a video then all these different things have been happening for me – getting booked up for these big gigs, so I’m just excited, can’t wait to get out there: me and my guitar and a bit of emotion.
“My mini album is out soon but No Name is the song that everybody still wants to hear.”
The debut single No Name is to be released on August 5. It is the lead track from Ryan’s self-titled six track mini album that will be released on August 13 – which also includes First Kiss, which was debuted on Britain’s Got Talent in the semi-final.
The album consists of original songs written by Ryan.
Speaking about why he chose to be on the talent show, Ryan said: “For years I’ve been doing covers and singing without a guitar and my friends said to me one day, ‘would you not go for Britain’s Got Talent? You can basically do whatever you want’ and I said ‘yeah I’ll go for it’ and it just worked out.”
“I’d never played that song for anybody before, just my mates, so when they’d say yeah that’s brilliant, I wouldn’t know whether to believe them or not because they’re going to be a little bit biased – so I was just over the moon that people enjoyed it.”
Joining Ryan on the Birthday Bash line-up is Canadian singer Alyssa Reid, who is friends with Justin Bieber.
She stormed the charts with single Alone Again, which she co-wrote. It was a fresh take on the 1987 Number 1 hit single Alone by female rockers Heart. The new version instantly connected with listeners across Canada – as witnessed by the meteoric rise up the Canadian airplay and singles sales charts.
The song muscled its way into the Top 5 and produced a Number 1 video on MuchMusic.
Speaking about her Birthday Bash performance, Alyssa said: “I’m very excited to be coming to Scunthorpe because people will be able to hear my new single. It’s going to be so much fun.
I’ve got my guitar, my piano – it’s going to be very upbeat and fun and I’m going to throw some twists in there – something that people aren’t expecting. I’m going to make it a very enjoyable show.”
It was in the fall of 2009 that Alyssa was discovered by her record label through a youtube performance that she posted of her own interpretation of the Justin Bieber hit One Less Lonely Girl.
“Music is my entire world,” she said. “It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do with my life.”
Working with a varied collection of producers, Alyssa has been busy putting the finishing touches on a dozen self-penned tracks and collaborations for her forthcoming album, The Game.
The songs on the album run the gambit from club raves to R&B inflected joints and soulful ballads each of which stand on their own as bold individual statements and together, as a testimony of who Alyssa Reid is as an artist.
Alyssa’s next single will be a collaboration with Snoop Dogg on the track The Game, which is due for release in August.
“The second single is The Game,” she said. “It’s out in Canada but what we’ve done for the UK is completely rewrote the verses and added Snoop Dogg in the song.
“I’m writing my next album here in Canada now.”
The follow up single and title track The Game is a rebuttal to Alone Again.
Both singles are connected by a similar musical and lyrical reference point – but are opposite sides of the same coin. Where Alone Again explores emotional vulnerability The Game is a celebration of individuality and self-confidence, Alyssa added: “Everyone who knows me, knows that I stand alone, it’s all part of the game.”
The Birthday Bash, which is being sponsored by Pepperells Solicitors, Clugston Group and The Grimsby Institute, will see a host of popular music acts light up the stage at the town’s newest £15m entertainment venue.
Keep reading your Scunthorpe Telegraph as we reveal more acts.
Follow @Scunnybash on Twitter for all the latest Birthday Bash information.
Do YOU want to be part of our Birthday Bash at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe...
Celebrating 20 years of Lincs FM and 75 years of the Scunthorpe Telegraph we’ve joined together for a special celebration on Friday July the 20th.
Lawson and Misha B are already confirmed...with other big names to follow.
To be there...just answer this question...
In what year did the Scunthorpe Telegraph launch?
Text 88833 starting your message with the word BIRTHDAY then leave a space then answer either A B or C.
Texts will cost £1 plus your standard network rate.
Although over 14s CAN attend the event, to enter this text competition you need to be 16 or over and have the bill payers permission.
Lines close at midnight on Saturday June 30th 2012. Texts sent after this time won't be eligible but may still be charged.
Each winner will receive 4 tickets for the event. ID will be required when collecting the tickets and when entering the Baths Hall. For full terms and conditions visit lincsfm.co.uk
It's the Birthday Bash supported by Grimsby Institute, Pepperells Solicitors and Clugston Group.