Since our last round-up of ways a potential rock god, rap goddess or even a putative roadie might propel themselves from local hero to main stage at Glastonbury, much has happened in the finest BN postcodes west of the Adur.
Make Me Famous Baby… by Mike Pailthorpe. Mike runs Music Degrees at Northbrook MET.
Graduate of the music business degree course at Northbrook MET Radha Medar won the Music Week Business Woman
of the Year Award for her work managing female pop artist Mabel, the most successful British breakthrough artist of 2019. Medar also co-managed Skepta during the MC’s Mercury Prize-winning Konnichiwa campaign.
Cast your minds back to 2018 and you might remember indie rock band High Tyde, who received regular Radio One play, completed their first UK sellout tour and then vanished from view. From their ashes, three-piece Noisy have arisen,
meshing guitars, synths, beats, songs and rap. Unlike their label-free former incarnation, Noisy have signed to the
massive Island Records, home of Bob Marley, U2 and Amy Winehouse. They are also unapologetic – proud, even –
about saying they come from Worthing. All three boys can expect a busy 2020.
Meanwhile, with a new wave of talent building up at Northbrook MET, the music business students put on
17 bands and solo artists at The Factory Live on a wet Wednesday in December, bringing over 150 people through
Slightly smaller but still busy gigs in town have been showcasing new local young bands with names like
The Limits, Candy, Gurn, and Stockport at Bar 42, with semi acoustic nights at the intimate Cellar Arts Bar.
Elsewhere, opportunities are expanding for younger musicians to chase their dreams. Rag’n’Bone Man’s music
charity AudioActive is offering more weekly sessions for free, with a Monday rappers’ workshop at Cellar Arts, rehearsal coaching on Tuesdays at Ridiculously Cool studios, and one-to-one music making at Northbrook MET (Thursdays).
Northbrook runs its own music club for school-age bands called S’koolRock (Wednesdays 6-7pm), and it’s now time
to start getting ready for the tenth annual S’koolFest which champions our schools’ best bands, MCs and singers.
Our town’s finest potential rock gods and rap goddesses will get to stand on the Pavilion stage where Jimi Hendrix played in 1967 and perform in front of a theatre packed full of people.
Tickets will be released in the next few weeks for this unique Worthing event (Wed 13 May).