"Rock The House" is a competition organised and sponsored by MP's to find and support new and emerging talent. The Bedford has been proud to work with RTH since it's inception and tonight we are presenting the 4 winning acts of 2016 - Each band or artist has already been given some great prizes including a performance in the House Of Commons, but now we give them all a chance to show how brilliant they are on the Bedford Stage.
It is free entry and doors open at 7.30pm - please come and be a part of this special night with it
8.00 PM: BEN GOFFIN
Ben is a 16 year old singersongwriter from SouthEast London. He’s been playing guitar or around six years although only recently began writing his own music. He has a broad taste in music and take inspiration from artists across many genres. He is currently working on his first EP with producer and artist Daniel Peterson, due to be released in the next couple of months.
Although he was born in London, Joe Jury, 22, grew up in the Cotswold. At school acting and singing were the only things that got him out of bed in the morning literally. Joe loved music from a very early age, listening to all types of music from hard grunge rock to African culture. At 12 he became lead singer of a schoolboy rock band, Kamikaze Union, who became very successful locally playing festivals and gigs all over the N. Cotswold’s. But at 15 Joe started writing his own songs and as his own style developed he decided to branch out on his own as a singer/songwriter.
Joe’s influences started with the folk legends and that’s what initially got him into song writing. Joe says “Dylan and Neil Young were the first singer/songwriters I listened to, so obviously my music started off with a folky edge to it, I’ve always been a fan of folk music.” He’s recently endeavoured into a lot of 80’s pop music from the likes of Duran
Duran, Peter Gabriel, Wet Wet and Prince.
As his recent work has hints of 80’s grooves in it. When he started to write his own material Joe started listening to music in a more detailed way, listening very carefully to the structure of lyrics and catchy melodies so that he could
find inspiration for his own music. He is now never been more determined with his new single ‘The Streets of Campden’ capturing listeners as we speak.
9.00 PM: THE REAPER
With an average age of 17, this band have had a successful couple of years, performing on the main stage at Breakout Festival alongside Skindred, Funeral for a Friend and Betraying The Martyrs. They also toured with Kobra and the Lotus and Toseland and have supported big acts at major venues.
They have a unique blend of heavy rock and groove metal with an exhilarating stage presence.
Their tunes have had airplay on Planet Rock, Kerrang, BBC Introducing and TBFM as well as many other internet radio stations.
Concrete Caverns are an English fourpiece rock band that formed in October 2014 in Hendon, after meeting in their first year at Middlesex University of London whilst studying Popular Music. They started life as a threepiece, the original line up consisting of Joe Driffield from the Isle of Wight, as lead vocalist and rhythm guitar, Zach Stone from Taunton, as lead guitar and backing vocal, and Liam Banga from St.Albans, as bass guitar and backing vocal.
The band spent their first year writing new songs and performing live, using covers to fill their sets. When they could, they would add a guest drummer to create the full sound that they were desperately looking for. The lack of drummer was a frustration, but their percussive crisis was solved with the addition of Dan Fishlock from Northampton, in October 2015, a new Popular Music student at the university.
As a fourpiece, the band has found new energy, and has quickly added to their repertoire of songs. Audiences and other performing artists regularly describe their sound as “early Arctic Monkeys”. Certainly Arctic Monkeys are one of their many influences, but most recently, their inspiration has been Catfish and The Bottlemen, in particular the commitment and artistry of their frontman, Van McCann.
The band gigs regularly in London around their studies, but they have also ventured out to St.Albans in Hertfordshire, where they have now established a new following.
On June 13th 2016, Concrete Caverns were announced winners of Parliament’s annual competition, Rock The House.