Scunthorpe MP calls for people to take part in Parliament music competition
MP Nic Dakin is calling for musicians and small venues in the Scunthorpe area to enter Parliament's biggest competition.
Rock the House 2013 celebrates up-and-coming British artists and the live music venues that support them.
The competition is open to all and is divided into six categories: solo artist, band, under-19 solo artist, under-19 band, and best small live music venue.
The event aims to showcase the musical talent of unsigned artists as well as highlighting how the illegal downloading of music is damaging both musicians and the music industry.
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Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin said: "Rock the House is a great opportunity for musicians of any age looking to find a way into the industry.
"I am excited to listen to the tracks that the people of Scunthorpe can come up with and I hope to receive as many submissions as possible.
"As well as showcasing the best unsigned bands, the event is being supported by a number of well-known musicians.
Brian May, Queen's guitarist and songwriter, said: "It is a great honour to back Rock the House.
"The UK is a hotbed of musical talent from all genres and if the British music industry is going to grow and thrive then musicians need to be able to make a living from selling their product.
"Nic Dakin will nominate his favourite entry from the six categories.
A panel of experts from the music industry will then select the finalists who will compete in a live battle of the bands.
The winners of each category will perform live on the terrace of the House of Commons at the end of June this year.
Applications can be submitted online on www.rockthehousehoc.com and they will close on March 1, 2013.