New talent is set to get the chance to play within London's The O2 next month thanks to a new series of gigs, the December Sessions.
Over 100 newcomers from a variety of genres will play over 20 nights on a special stage at the venue's London Piazza between 3 and 22 December.
All the gigs are free and feature the likes of Glastonbury new talent winners Tree Top Flyers, London trio Belakiss who include Ringo Starr's granddaughter on bass and Manchester singer Nikki Garnett among others.
The sessions will also be accompanied by a 'photowall' exhibition of pictures from Q photographer Carsten Windhorst, while the neighbouring British Music Experience has transformed a Routemaster Bus into a mini music museum. Sennheiser are also staging two "silent" gigs as part of the sessions, during which the audience will be able to choose their own volume levels via headphones.
"We see some of the world's biggest recording artists performing at The O2 in our world famous arena, so it was incredibly important for us to create something that supports a new generation of bands on the up" explained Suzi Kent, Head Of Marketing And Communications at The O2 of the season of show. "December Sessions is all about celebrating new music and giving music fans a chance to see these bands, for free, in an environment that they wouldn't normally play at this stage of their careers."
The line-up so far is:
3 December: Nikki Garnett (4pm), Son Of Jack (5pm), The Sea And I (6pm), Andrew Balkwill (7pm), I Am Harlequin (8pm)
4 December: Adelaide (4pm), Robyn Sherwell (5pm), Stewart Mac (6pm), Gaolers Daughter (7pm), Luke Armitage (8pm)
5 December: Andrew Balkwill (4pm), Ry Byron (5pm), Mary Leay (6pm), KingTastic (7pm), Son Of Jack (8pm)
6 December: Roxy Yarnold Trio/ Elize Kellman (4pm), Rupert Caney (5pm), Los & The Deadlines (6pm), Pillarcat/ Blackhearts (7pm), Eden (8pm)
7 December: Planes (6.40pm), Warehouse Republic (7.30pm), Karova (8.20pm)
8 December: Fighting Wolves (4pm), Common Tongues (5pm), Felix Fables (6pm), The Unkindness Of Ravens (7pm), Soultrigger (8pm)
9 December: Phil Baxter (4pm), Don't Wait Animate (5pm), Theo Altieri (6pm)
10 December: Sennheiser Silent Gig
11 December: According To You (4pm), The Founding Fathers (5pm), The Beats (6pm), Shadow Chasing Ghosts (7pm), Trucker Diablo (8pm)
12 December: Music Radar Takeover
13 December: Christina Novelli (5pm), Speaks (6pm), Red And Pink (8pm)
14 December: Hello Mexico (4pm), Codes In The Clouds (5pm), The Lysergic Suite (6pm), Me (7pm), The Hall Of Mirrors (8pm)
15 December: Model Society (4pm), Don't Wait Animate (5pm), Meisha (6pm), Bibelots (7pm), Six Hour Sundown (8pm)
16 December: The Dash (5pm), Belakiss (6pm), The Black Dove Experiment (7pm)
17 December: Silent Smiles (4pm), Gaolers Daughter (5pm), Whales In Cubicles (6pm), Calvin Roche (7pm)
18 December: Fractures (5pm), Proud Mary (7pm), Tree Top Flyers (8pm)
19 December: Secret gig - artist to be announced soon
20 December: The Talks (4pm), Jonny Taylor (5pm), Twizzle/ Jay Picton (6pm), Katie Taylor (7pm), Joshua Caole (8pm)
21 December: Polaroid 85 (4pm), Danny Pape (5pm), Julia Spada (6pm), XFM's Tony Bowden (7pm), GoGoBot (8pm)
22 December: Sennheiser Silent Gig - to very special guests to be announced
10:58 AM | 17/11/2011
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