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CirKT new talent callout and gig dates announced

CirKT, Kingston’s live music project offering opportunities for talented musicians from South West London, is putting a final call out for applications to be a part of the programme.

Successful applicants will have the chance for their music to be heard by a stellar panel of music industry giants including: Novelist, Dave Maclean (Django Django), music journalist and creative, Chantelle Fiddy and Tom Baker (Founder of Eat Your Own Ears and Field Day festival). 
 
The deadline to apply is Sunday 18 August and up to three successful acts will also be able to apply for a £500 bursary, receive mentoring from industry peers as well as artistic and business development. 
 
As part of the first round of talent call out in June an eclectic mix of artists have already been chosen and will be performing across Kingston over the next few months. Gig dates are:

  • Alex Brenchley & Graver Ekow  at The Glasshouse in New Malden on Thursday 8 August at 7.30pm
  • Time Dilation Unit & Tangieguar at the Lamb in Surbiton on Thursday 22 August at 7.30pm.
  • Brother Zulu & Urchin at The Oak in Kingston on Wednesday 4 September at 7.30pm.
  • Kitty Got Claws at The Fighting Cocks in Kingston on Thursday 19 September at 7.30pm. 

 Dave Maclean of Mercury Prize nominated Django Django said: 

“I am excited to be a part of CirKT. I’m passionate about new music and the next generation coming through, so it’s going to be really exciting to meet the acts and hear some great new music.” 
 
Tom Baker, music promoter and founder of Eat Your Own Ears and Field Day, said:

“I am thrilled to be part of the Mayor of London music programme CirKT and looking forward to discovering some brilliant new talent across all genres of music." 
 
Mobo nominated Novelist commented: 

“I’m a great believer in supporting new talent when possible. Being invited to be a CirKT juror is both a fun and important way in which I get to do so.” 
 
Cllr Andreas Kirsch, Kingston Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Governance, said:

“CirKT is a significant programme for Kingston, supporting both local creative talent and local businesses. Kingston has a rich music heritage and CirKT will be a great chance for local and visiting audiences to discover exciting new music talent, whilst providing a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to get involved, showcase musical talent and business at the same time.” 

Funded by the Mayor of London as part of his London Borough of Culture initiative, Kingston Council was awarded £90,000 to celebrate its home-grown talent, rich music heritage, live music scene and the night-time economy.

For more information about how to apply and a full listings of upcoming events, to buy tickets and much more visit www.cirkt.com.