Scratch My Progress 2016
Scratch My Progress EP Launch.
Vokxen, Bosco Ramos, Petty Youth, Search Party,
Oh Yeah Music Centre, 8pm, £3.
Scratch My Progress is the Oh Yeah Music Centre’s annual talent development scheme. This Thursday the five acts that have been receiving mentoring and support from industry professionals across 2016 will come together to launch their EP as part of the programme.
Bosco Ramos, Vokxen, Petty Youth, Search Party and Emer Maguire are ready to showcase and celebrate, and the evening is set to welcome friends, family, fans, and industry supporters.
The EP, which will be available from Thursday, begins with the dark grooves of Vokxen and is followed by the brimming pop sensibilities of Emer Maguire. The fuzz and energy of experimental punk rock duo Bosco Ramos explodes into the middle of the record, with Search Party bringing a slice of Northern Irish punk to the mix. It ends with some proper garage rock swagger from Petty Youth.
Since 2010, 22 acts have been through Scratch My Progress, with Oh Yeah mentors dedicated to developing, supporting, signposting, nurturing and promoting local talent. Many have taken the learning process onto other projects and into other areas, while many are taking their work to new levels and preparing for long-term careers in music.
Some of the graduates that have been making strong progress include:
· R51 - chosen for BBC Radio 1 Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds (August 2015) and in September 2016 invited to perform at BBC Radio Ulster’s Across The Line 30th anniversary celebrations alongside Villagers, Divine Comedy and SOAK.
· Hot Cops were chosen for Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich (May 2015). They also feature on the likes of BBC 6 Music and their singles continue to impact via exclusive premiere opportunities on music blogs across the internet.
· Katharine Philippa has performed at the Ulster Hall with the Ulster Orchestra. Her tracks have been played many times on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3 and 6 Music. DJ Tom Ravenscroft invited her to perform at a specially curated festival, and she has received praise from artists such as Hozier on Twitter.
In 2015 Oh Yeah became NI Talent Development partners with PRS for Music Foundation, and had continued support and encouragement from Help Musicians UK and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.