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ISLE of Wight singer/songwriter BeX has joined the likes of REM, the Pet Shop Boys, Blondie and Paul McCartney on a new playlist celebrating the Isle of Wight.

BeX’s single Time to Stop the Rain has been added to Wightlink’s Sounds of Summer Spotify playlist after topping a public vote in a competition run in partnership with the Isle of Wight County Press.

Wootton-born BeX’s song received almost 500 of the near 700 votes cast for six original songs performed and put forward by Island artist.

Besides a spot on the Sounds of Summer playlist alongside some stellar names, BeX will also be given the chance to perform a gig on board a Wightlink sailing and also a free passage for her and her band to a future mainland gig.

The rest of the Sounds of Summer playlist features 75 songs nominated by Wightlink customers.

Marketing and Innovation Director Stuart James said: “We wanted to create an iconic soundtrack to the summer of 2017. A soundtrack which people can download, share, stream, and listen to whenever they like – recapturing that happy, Isle of Wight holiday feeling.

“BeX’s song fits in perfectly with the spirit of Sounds of Summer and takes a worthy place alongside many other great tunes. BeX has already performed an on board concert for us during this year’s Isle of Wight Festival and we will be delighted to welcome her back for another performance.”

BeX said: “I am thrilled to hear my debut single Time To Stop The Rain has been chosen for the Wightlink Sounds of Summer competition and Spotify playlist, a big thank you to everyone who voted.”

Songs by Island artists also chosen for the playlist by the general Wightlink vote include Derek Sandy’s Welcome to the Isle of Wight and Nakamarra’s Temptress.

Many other songs are by bands who have played at Island music festivals.

The Sounds of Summer playlist is available at

http://www.wightlink.co.uk/do/sounds-of-summer/ 

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The Wickham festival kicked of on Thursday 3rd August, with a sell out crowd and artists line up over the four days, with something for everyone with headline acts KT Tunstall & 10cc on Thursday, Friday the crowd enjoyed Seth Lakeman and Show of Hands and Saturday the Oyster Band and The Leverllers took to the main stage.

It was then the turn of Country Americana singer songwriter BeX and her band taking to the second main stage at ‘Wickham’ on the Hapi Festival stage (main-stage 2) playing alongside Gibb Todd, Ray Cooper & John Otway, with headline act Goat Roper Rodeo Band closing the evening. BeX and her band performed songs from her debut album ‘Story So Far, this was her debut festival performance and to be honest she couldn’t of asked for a better festival to launch on, the set was bright, energetic with some real catchy tunes with great lyrical content with a strong energy from her band, with Guy Hassell on base, Richard Wood on guitar and Kyle Fenton on drums and percussion – starting the set with her debut singe ‘Time to stop the rain’, which was quite fitting as the day was full of bright sunshine, which was not the case at the start of the festival.

The set was for 45 minutes, and with a very warm and enthusiastic crowd of several hundred people packing the big top to see the performance from this Country Americana artist, but with a little of pop rock in for good measure. For BeX first festival performance, I would say a great start to the festival scene and we’ll be looking forward to the next show….

Before the Wickham Festival BeX graced the BBC introducing stage for Cowes Week at Sheperds Wharf, she performed songs from her debut album with a stripped back acoustic set, with Jamie Woodford joining the band on stage with added percussion, with the Wickham festival set being a full band performance, it was a great contrast…. BeX performed on the BBC stage at 5pm, with again a very enthusiastic crowd, especially with BeX fan base and network several people travelled a long way to catch the singer songwriter perform at Cowes for the BBC.

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The next stop for the UK singer songwriter is with the BBC once again, with a house band invite from BBC Radio Kent, performing on the James Whale show. This artist has a real presence with a very strong backing from her musicians, certainly moving in the right direction and energy.

For more information about BeX…

www.officialbex.com

www.twitter.com/BeXofficialpage

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BeX and her band will be performing at this year’s legendary Cowes Week on Saturday 5th August for the BBC Introducing Solent Stage – this is the first time the BBC Introducing Solent team have done this event. The show will take place at Shepards Wharf Marina during Cowes Week with some of the most up and coming artist in the South, with BeX providing her live set, from which she will perform songs from her debut album “Story So Far” catch her set late afternoon on Saturday…

BeX will then travel to the Wickham Festival on Sunday 6th August for her debut festival performance in the Hampshire countryside for a 1pm [45 minute] slot on the second main stage [Big Top], with songs from her debut album and a couple of surprise tracks, BeX will be performing alongside, KT Tunstall, The Levellers, 10CC, John Otway, Seth Lakeman with many more acts.

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This year there will be four stages at Wickham Festival. So as well as established artists, there will be plenty of opportunities to listen to up and coming young talent who are given the chance to showcase their talents. The festival is particularly keen to promote local artists, like BeX so you can discover some great acts throughout the weekend. At the festival you can enjoy a wide range of family entertainment including: cartoon cinema, storytelling, puppet theatre and make ‘n’ take crafts tent.In addition there is a digital funfair, playbus, laser arena, bouncy castles and children’s entertainers – and all are free once people are in the festival arena! Enjoy the entertainers who wander freely for your amusement or try out the giant deckchair.

BeX released her debut LP ‘Story So Far’ May 26th 2017 with Grammy & Awarding Winning writing collaborations including US producer/songwriter Alan Glass (Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire, Delta Goodrem, George Benson) and Greg Haver (Manic St Preachers, Mel C) Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Una Healy) and renowned musicians are featured on the album including Nick Nasmyth (Keyboardist Manic St Preachers, Melanie C) Vulcan String Quartet, and Greg Haver on drums & percussion with mastering by Sterling Sound in New York & Yannic Fonderie (Natalia Druyts -The Voice) in Belgium.

BeX is an accomplished performer & singer songwriter with an expressive blend of Country, Americana Rock and Pop sound. BeX style brings the elements and qualities from some of her favorites artists Sheryl Crow, P!nk & Anastacia, and a country feel of the Dixie Chicks & Lady Antebellum, and with the essence of all these influences ‘BeX’ Creates her own unique and original sound as an artist & songwriter in her own right.

BeX grew up on the Isle Of Wight, UK, a true country girl who has gone on to tour the world on many high profile shows and events as a professionally trained dancer & singer including; Abu Dhabi NEC, The Bedford, The Troubadour, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, a supporting act for Olly Murs at Ayrshire Racecourse ,and a Q&A & LIVE performance at the BT Tower, and is currently collaborating with Grammy & Award Winning industry professionals for her debut album 2017, plus recently being selected to part of a women empowerment book & soundtrack called ”Sheet Music: The Diary Of A Songwriter” by Devine Evans (USA X5 Grammy winner – Pharrell, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Mary J Blige)… Janelle Monae & Queen Latifah are featured and are big supporters. BeX story is in the book, & BeX vocals can heard on the books soundtrack, the Country song called ‘Winding Roads’ which was put forward in 4 categories on the Grammy ballot for the 2017 Grammy nominations.

BeX has just done a ‘‘live lounge session” with Steph at BBC introducing Solent on May 20th to perform songs from her debut album ‘ Story So Far” to launch her album release. Plus BeX has been invited back in to the the studio with ‘‘Livvy & Chrissie” for a live performance and interview at BBC Radio Bristol beginning of June.

 

CELEBMIX have been great supporters & have just done a great Album review.

http://celebmix.com/album-review-bexs-story-far/

 

FATEA MAGAZINE gave BeX a 4 star **** ”GREAT ALBUM” – review

http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/news/DrivingTest2/

 

BeX kicked off the IW Festival in association with major sponsor ”Wightlink” – Performing on board the flagship vessel for all the Festival goers as part of the IOW Festival on Thursday 8th June –

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BeX will also be the guest house band soon on BBC Radio Kent for the iconic ”James Whale” weekend show. So with all this going on make sure you check out BeX performances at Cowes Week & the Wickham Festival this August…..

 

Media Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialbexpage

Twitter: www.twitter.com/BeXofficialpage

 

WEBSITE:

www.officialbex.com

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Music Agents….

In the music world, booking agents are different from talent managers. Booking agents are the people that actually book shows for the artists they represent. They make all of the arrangements with the promoters of the shows. The booking agent presents the promoter or producer of the concert with a performance agreement, which stipulates the artist’s requirements. Items may include lighting, sound, meals, hotel accommodations, and transportation.

For concert buyers, they work to find the right artist that will fit in the need and available budget.Many of the major booking agencies refuse to represent clients who are not already signed to a major record label and have national distribution of their music. Because of this, artists on independent record company often seek representation with an independent booking agency.

Bars and nightclub that specialise in presenting live music on a regular basis often employ an individual to assemble the schedule of events. These people are the venue’s buyers, and should not be confused with the booking agent, who presents their roster of available acts to the buyer. Booking agents may also have contacts known as free-lance promoters. These are individuals that agree to produce a concert by locating a venue, providing a sound system and assembling a staff.

Producing a show in this manner, at a location that is rented out for a single evening, is called “four-walling,” as it entails renting a venue and receiving no additional services or technical equipment other than the space itself. This has often been the only available option for underground musicians lacking enough popular appeal to gain access to more conventional performance venues, but is also used among the genre of raves and various DJ-related events.

The cost factor of having a booking agent has to be weighed against what they can do for clients and buyers alike. Some agents represent several different types of artists, while others represent artists in one main area/genre.

For more information about ‘PRB Media’ and how the agency can help your event, show please send you bookings & information to: 

 

Email: info@prbmedia.co.uk

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PRB Media are launching for 2017, Music, Film & TV seminars with selected entertainment courses and induction day’s. The seminars / induction days are focused for colleges, schools, music students, aspiring music artists, creative people, producers, directors & bands who are looking to learn the basics or build on their experience and gain more of an in-depth working knowledge of the entertainment industry, with news, views & help from industry guest speakers, governing bodies, with a guide to the first steps of becoming a music manager, film producer, film & TV director, songwriter, musician or publicist. The seminars will take place within Southampton, Portsmouth & London quarterly, the next seminar will be held in Southampton around October 2017, check the website for further details.

The team behind the seminars have extensive experience in the entertainment industry, all coming from major & independent labels, UK tours and festivals, publishing, Sync for the film & TV sector & Grammy award wining writers / producers. The creator of these seminars also developed new deal for the media with the UK Government to give people a much better understanding of the media and entertainment industry, this program went on to be awarded 2 years running with (IOD) Institute of Directors & (HP) Hewlett Packard for entrepreneur of the year.

The seminars are in place to help each person to navigate your way through the entertainment industry, while discussing key areas of the industry sectors including, Live, Digital, Promotions, Finance, Public Relations, Festivals, Management, Publishing, Marketing, Digital Social media, Production. With advice and support in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.

For any questions and further information – Please email the team, who will be very happy to help you. The next seminar will be held in Southampton around October 2017,check the website for further details or email the team.

seminars@prbmedia.co.uk

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BeX singer songwriter and her band members (Richard Wood acoustic guitar & Kyle Fenton on Cajon / drums) with production & music support from Island company JA Entertainment, performing on the St Clare for Wightlink Thursday June 8th 2017 for the Isle of Wight Festival goers…..

BeX has been invited by Wightlink Ferries to perform an ‘exclusive’ acoustic performance for the Isle of Wight festival goers on board the St Clare vessel on June 8th 2017 on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne car ferry route lunch time sailings – 13:00 and 15:00 from Portsmouth and 14:00 from Fishbourne.

Isle of Wight songstress BeX released her stunning debut album “Story So Far” on 26th May 2017, BeX said; “I am very excited to be performing on the St Clare for the festival goers, this will be a great experience”. With influences growing up listening to the likes of Eva Cassidy, Carole King, these artists really have inspired her creativity, BeX style brings the elements and qualities from her favourites artists P!nk, Sheryl Crow & Anastacia, and a country feel of the Dixie Chicks & Lady Antebellum, and with the essence of all these influences ‘BeX’ Creates her own unique and original sound as an artist/ songwriter in her own right.

The album is a crossover of Country / Americana with a strong rock/pop element, and BeX has performed selected tracks for BBC Solent introducing show with Stephanie Nieuwenhuys and with an exclusive performance for BBC Radio Bristol – Livvy & Chrissie show and guest appearance on Made In Bristol TV, while making the playlists at Bishop FM, Radio Woking, HFM Radio, Bishop FM, Croydon Radio, Surrey Hills Radio, Channel Radio, WCR FM, Vixen 101, Southside Radio, Express FM, Radio Wey, Riviera FM.

Other features include: both singles “Time to Stop the Rain” and “Red Flag” being added to the playlist within major stores across Australia including: TAG Heuer, Virgin, Karen Millen, McDonalds, Le Cog Sportif to name a few, plus  Q&A’s feature in the latest edition of the ”National Express Magazine” “All Magazine” in New York and “CelebMix” Magazine Features.

BeX’s music and style of writing has a blend of Country/ Americana, rock & pop, and she delivers strong story telling through her creative lyrics, catchy hooks & smooth vocals with uplifting melodies. BeX trained as a professional Singer, Dancer & Actress in London and has worked all over the world on various shows and productions including performances at prestigious venues including; The Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s Theatre, The Troubadour, The Bedford, Radio (RTP) ,Sky TV, The BT Tower, performances at AD NEC – for the King Of Dubai & VIP guests, and BeX was on the the same line up Olly Murs in Scotland for a charity event, and much more.

Whilst performing and travelling over the years BeX discovered songwriting was her true passion & what she loved to do. BeX has been collaborating with a wide range of Grammy recognised writers, artists and producers for her debut album “Story So Far”. BeX is building a diverse catalogue of songs for the future writing for various projects including; TV & Film and artists collaborations include; Award Winning songwriter/producer ‘Alan Glass’ (Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Earth Wind & Fire) and working with renowned music producer ‘Greg Haver’ (Manic Street Preachers, Melanie C, Tom Jones) ‘Devine Evans’ (US x5 Grammy producer/songwriter for Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake) on the book & soundtrack “Sheet Music – The Diary Of A Songwriter” which BeX was one of the chosen 100 women from across the World to be part of the book and soundtrack.

BeX is looking forward to the shows on board the St Clare – providing a unique experience for the festival goers on their way to the beautiful Isle of Wight…..

 

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For interview / image / MP3 requests please contact pete@prbmedia.co.uk / 07956 805913

For more information about this event with Wightlink please contact gavin@robertsonfoster.co.uk / 07535 789 713

 

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Rising country music singer BeX is one of the latest British acts to take on the genre and is currently gearing up for the release of her debut album ‘Story So Far‘ which will be released this Friday (May 26th).

As the promotional campaign for the LP kicks into gear, the singer/songwriter joined radio host Stephanie Nieuwenhuys for a live set on BBC Solent as part of their Introducing segment, on the 21st of May.During her live performance, BeX performed three tracks off her upcoming debut LP. The set went down very well with listeners and ‘Story So Far’ is expected to do well in the UK’s Official Country Music Chart when it is officially released tomorrow.

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BeX, Kyle, Rich and BBC Solent presenter Stephanie Nieuwenhuys just before the live session. And below BeX & Stephanie in conversation

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You can listen to BeX’s introducing set on BBC Solent catch-up. The live session begins from 34 minutes.

Make sure you follow BeX on Twitter @BeXofficialpage to keep up to date with all her latest music and tour news!

What do you think of BeX’s BBC radio session? Let us know your thoughts over on Twitter @CelebMix

By Laura K – for http://celebmix.com