THE FINALISTS for the Rock The House 2011 have been announced. Five finalists will compete for the coveted title of the UK’s Best Unsigned Live band.
Local band the Sailor Jerry’s as nominated by Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price has been chosen as one of the final five.
Altogether 59 MPs put forward local bands, chosen in many cases from a number of applicants. They will play a live set, along with the four other finalists, in front of a panel of heavy weight music industry professionals, who will decide who is the overall winner.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held on terraces of the House of Commons on 30th June, and will then play a short set in front of the assembled guests. This in itself will be history in the making, as amplified music has never before been played at a House of Commons function.
Mike Weatherley, the MP whose brainchild the competition has been, said, “We have been overwhelmed not only by the number of bands applying, but also the quality of the acts and their commitment to the Rock The House cause. “
Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price said, “I am so pleased for the Sailor Jerrys. As soon as I heard their track I knew they would be in with a chance of winning and I was pleased to nominate them. I wish them every success in the finals and will be bringing in some of my colleagues to cheer them on.”