Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Rocking Parliament

Parliament’s largest competitions, Rock the House and Film the House, will be launched for 2014 at a gala reception on the Terrace Pavilion of the House of Commons  today ( 19th November)

Among the guests will be musicians and Patrons Rick Wakeman (Yes),  and Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake).

Speaking on the competition, Mike Weatherley MP said:
"Every year the competition gets bigger and better and my thanks go to our Patrons, Sponsors, Judges, the entrants, the MPs who take part and the loyal team who have run the project since its inception in 2010. If you're a musician or a film maker, make sure you take part in the 2014 competition!"

 Brian May (Queen) said:
“It is a great honour to back Rock the House. The UK is a hotbed of musical talent from all genres, and if the British music industry is going to grow and thrive then musicians need to be able to make a living from selling their product. This competition gives all musicians, from all backgrounds the chance to get out there and make live music – one of the things Brits do best.”

 Alice Cooper:
“Having had MPs try and ban Alice Cooper from performing in the UK in the 1970s, it’s great to hear that the sound of shedding guitars and powerhouse vocals will be echoing through the halls of Parliament. Rock the House is a great project which celebrates the fantastic diversity of the British music scene and gives musicians a vehicle through which to hold their legislators accountable about protecting the music industry’s intellectual property.”

 Rick Wakeman (Yes) said:
“Having a genuine love of both music and politics, nothing pleases me more than seeing the two working so closely together. Rock the House is fast becoming one of the most prestigious events in the music calendar and to have Collibus performing to launch the 2014 event is just fantastic. It just goes to prove what an amazing catalyst music is for all walks of life. More music and less conflict in the world! Congratulations to all concerned. Makes an old rocker very proud!”

 Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders) :
          "Music has the power to change, motivate and inspire as politicians should too. Great that it's being recognized for that."

 Rob Damiani (Don Broco) :
          "Rock The House was such a success this year, so it’s very exciting to see what great British bands will be discovered in 2014. Metal in Parliament? Yes please!"

 Gus Wood (Young Guns) :
          "I think any opportunity to engage young people in politics is something to be celebrated, regardless of their allegiances. While music can feel much more relatable and vital to people, politics is vital and it's cool to see two such disparate but important things next to each other. Plus it’s kinda neat walking around such a great building!"


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