Stars of future make a splash in talent contest in Sheffield

Adrian Blake, aged 15, of Bents Green, auditioned for the Bigga Fish Just Talent competition, at the Red Tape premises in Shoreham Street, Sheffield.
Adrian Blake, aged 15, of Bents Green, auditioned for the Bigga Fish Just Talent competition, at the Red Tape premises in Shoreham Street, Sheffield.
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A SEARCH for the country’s next big musical star is coming back to Sheffield.

The Bigga Fish ‘Just Talent’ tour will be in the city for one day next month, to see 10 semi-finalists who impressed the judges the last time they were here.

Ben Ryan, event manager, “We were overwhelmed by the talent in Sheffield at our open auditions in February.

“We were particularly excited by the level of talent in the 14-16 age group and feel like we’ve found some stars of the future in the Steel City.”

The tour has visited eight UK cities since the beginning of the year with its judging panel of booking agents and marketing professionals.

Now the team is doing a second sweep, returning to each city to watch the chosen semi-finalists perform in front of a live audience.

Tracey Hill, PR rep, said: “It won’t be easy, but the judges will choose one overall winner in each city.

“They will then be invited to a ‘development weekend’ in May, where they will receive vocal coaching, attend stage presence workshops and rehearse with a live band in preparation for the grand final in London.

“The overall winner will receive an incredible selection of industry prizes, including studio time, a professional music video, a public relations package and song-writing workshops.”

Bigga Fish has been running in the UK for 12 years, aiming to provide a performance platform for young people.

The ‘Just Talent’ tour offers aspiring musicians the opportunity to perform in front of an industry panel of judges.

Award-winning singer Ms Dynamite, a previous Bigga Fish judge, said: “Bigga Fish is such a positive, diverse and unique organisation, providing young people with the space, support and freedom to express themselves.

“I have always been honoured to be involved in their events and projects.”

The Sheffield showcase will be held on Tuesday April 9.