Belfast Telegraph

Wannabe stars in tune for gig of a lifetime

By Marie Foy

A mini-Fame Academy for young musicians kicked off in Belfast today.

A mini-Fame Academy for young musicians kicked off in Belfast today.

Talented young people are vying for the chance to form a band which will play in front of thousands at an outdoor concert at Custom House Square in the city centre on Saturday night.

Also on stage will be a star-studded line-up including Starsailor, X-Factor stars Journey South, Aslan, Cosmic Rough Riders and Ben Lee Tyler.

The show will be hosted by Dermot O'Leary, Christine Bleakley and CityBeat's Marc Mallett.

The band hopefuls will first take part in intensive masterclasses today and tomorrow.

Then well-known producer Chris Cowey, of Top of The Pops and Soapstar Superstar fame, will select five of the most promising to form the official Cinemagic Band.

Chris and his team have the daunting challenge of styling, photographing and rehearsing the group within less than 24 hours so they are ready to perform their original music on stage on Saturday.

The formation of the new band is part of a music festival organised by the award-winning young people's charity Cinemagic - the first of its kind in Ireland and Britain.

Top music professionals were in the city today to launch the inaugural CinemagicMusic event.

The jam-packed festival also includes panel discussions and forums with music industry professionals, and an opportunity for two groups of young people to make a video of the Cinemagic band and a music documentary. The masterclasses include vocals, instruments, DJing, production and marketing

Joan Burney, Cinemagic chief executive, said: "We firmly believe that music has the same potential to educate and empower young people as film and television do and are therefore delighted to host CinemagicMusic.

"The three-day music extravaganza will be an amazing platform for young people to get their voices and other instruments heard, as well as a unique source of inspiration."

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