The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS), is to give unsigned artists the chance to play at the first direct Arena, Leeds during the show, which takes place on 26 April 2016. http://www.conference-news.co.uk/2015/11/it-adds-up-when-trade-shows-buy-into-an-audit/
Emma Cartmell, managing director, CHS Group said: “The first direct Arena is a world-class music venue and is synonymous with some of the biggest names in rock and pop. We are offering unsigned artists a once in a lifetime opportunity to play in the same venue as their heroes. The venue has a large entrance hall, so the artists will perform acoustic sets to entertain visitors as they make their way through it to the exhibition hall. We are also looking for artists to play in our ‘back stage’ VIP area to entertain our hosted buyers and VIPs as they relax away from the show floor.
“This year we are focused on creating ‘Rock Star’ event planners, so this exciting opportunity gives both unsigned artists a great platform to shine and perform in front of a live audience whilst adding some fun to our show – without distracting from the business environment of the show floor. We really hope to find some stars in the making!”
So far, four young artists, including Bre Musiq, a young soul singer from Middlesbrough and Boo, a 17-year-old from Tyneside, have been booked to play a 30–60 minute acoustic set in the entrance area of the venue, and the organisers say they are looking for more artists to play.