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Merseyrail Sound Station Finalists Announced


26 October 2016

Ten artists to battle it out at festival in Moorfields railway station in front of panel of judges for coveted prize.

There’s no shortage of young musical talent in the city region, and we’re keen to play our part in seeing it thrive.

Jan Chaudry-van der Velde

Merseyrail’s Managing Director

Merseyside’s premier grassroots music competition comes to a climax on 19th November with the Merseyrail Sound Station Festival at Moorfields station.

Aspiring musicians have been uploading their entries to the music platform’s social media pages throughout the summer to be in with a chance of being picked to play at the auspicious event.

Ten artists have been picked from the raft of entries to perform in front of a panel of expert judges who represent a wide range of organisations from the Merseyside music industry.

This year’s finalists, representing a diverse range of genres including indie, country, soul and rock are:

  • Gazelle -
  • The Jjohns -
  • A Lovely War -
  • Deliah -
  • Fay Moore
  • Stillia -
  • Astles -
  • Jo Mary
  • Katie Mac -
  • Cave Party -

The band or solo artist who impresses the most will receive a year of music industry mentoring, studio time with a producer and free train travel courtesy of Merseyrail.

Jan Chaudry-van der Velde, managing director of Merseyrail, said: “This is the fourth year that Merseyrail is running Sound Station, which continues to get bigger and better. There’s no shortage of young musical talent in the city region, and we’re keen to play our part in seeing it thrive. The final last year at Moorfields station attracted lots of our passengers, who stopped by to watch the contestants and experience some of the city region’s musical stars of tomorrow, and we encourage customers to do the same this year.’

Last year, Katy Alex went away with the coveted prize and has gone on to play at some of the region’s top festivals and released a number of critically acclaimed singles with her group Halem.

This year, Katy will join the judging panel, made up of representatives from Bido Lito! magazine, GetIntoThis blog, Arts Council England, Sentric Music Publishing and Sound Station podcast producer Michael Johnson.

The final will be hosted by Sound Station podcast presenter, Jay Hynd, at Moorfields station before the winner is announced at new Tithebarn Street music venue, Hus, the same evening.

See highlights from last year’s MSS Festival here.

The Merseyrail Sound Station Festival takes place at Moorfields station on Saturday 19th November from 1pm.