BMI is revamping their monthly showcase with a new venue. Formerly at The Borderline, the event will now be held at 229 on Great Portland Street. In addition, the event will now be named ‘The BMI Sessions’, reflecting BMI’s dedication to finding and nurturing unsigned acts. The new venue and name will begin with a launch showcase on January 17, 2008.
This year’s showcases have seen some exceptional talent grace the stage, including incredible performances by buzz acts Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong, Maps, Ben’s Brother, Eugene McGuiness and Ross Copperman. Club Fandango, founded by Simon Williams and Andy McLeod, continues to work with BMI London executives in providing the acts and putting on the night.
“We’ve had an incredible four years at The Borderline that helped us launch the careers of Hard-Fi, The Feeling, Guillemots, Hot Chip and many more,” said Nick Robinson, Senior Executive, Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI in London. “Moving this showcase to 229 will give us a greater focus on new talent and aid in nurturing more acts destined to break through over the coming months.”
“These showcase gigs are just one way in which BMI helps develop and promote new artists and songwriters that we believe have the potential to achieve success on both sides of the Atlantic. Our first gig of 2008 is a perfect example of the diverse range of exciting music that we feel is about to burst through,” Robinson added.
Headlining the first BMI Sessions (in association with Club Fandango) are Olympian Fall whose haunting acoustic compositions will help take the chill off in January. Grand Central, looking to increase their industry buzz, will rock the house with their big melodic songs. Skulls (formerly Fleeing New York) will be bringing their scuzzy garage/electronic rock to the evening. Opening the BMI Sessions will be Skeletons (formerly Drowned in Sound and Fierce Panda), adding a pop element to the night.