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Gary Powell

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce that they will be represented by ‘Libertines’ and ‘Dirty Pretty Things’ drummer, Gary Powell as their judge for the final of Live & Unsigned, part of Livefest at the O2 on Saturday 23rd July.

When Banny Poostchi (the then Libertines manager) wanted a drummer for the band, Gary Powell’s relentless good humour and outstanding ability made him the obvious choice. Eighteen months later the band signed to Rough Trade Records. Support slots with The Strokes and The Vines led to the media christening them as the great new hopes of music. The Libertines became the most loved, feted and influential bands of the era. Gary’s musicianship and character make him the perfect choice to represent the Institute at the final of Live & Unsigned.

The Institute have been the education sponsor for Live and Unsigned for two years now, working with the competition to support developing musicians, bands and artists through Masterclasses and workshops. On the partnership; Chris Grayston, Managing Director of Live & Unsigned, had the following to say:

Working with the Institute has helped Live & Unsigned support the musicians that have performed at our auditions. To be able to offer places for our bands and artists on workshops and Masterclasses at the Institute, with top class musicians, is fantastic and benefits many who have applied for Live & Unsigned this year.

Two bands who studied with the Institute have made it through to the final; The Robbie Boyd Band and Joe and Tom. They will be competing for the chance to win a music management package which includes; festival slots (Including representing the UK at the biggest festival in Asia I rock), UK tour exposing their music to over 40,000 people and a recording contract with Future Music, with up to £50,000 investment!

For more information on Live and Unsigned and to book tickets for Livefest, please visit: www.liveandunsigned.uk.com/music-showcase

About the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance:

The Institute is widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music. Established almost a quarter of a century ago, the Institute has been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school. Originally known as the Guitar Institute and Basstech, the school has built its reputation on providing world class teaching using the very best teachers and state-of-the-art facilities. It now offers a range of professional courses including a 3-year Degree (BMus), a 2-year Foundation Degree in creative musicianship or songwriting, a fully-funded 1-year Diploma, a specialist 1-year Higher Diploma, a Professional Diploma in Songwriting plus a wide portfolio of part-time courses designed to meet a variety of training needs for guitarists, bass players, drummers, vocalists and songwriters. Past or present Institute students can be found everywhere, touring with the likes of Moby and The Noisettes, playing with bands like Radiohead and Babyshambles and artists like Eric Clapton and Kylie Minogue, and also working as teachers all over the world.