Vans have today announced their highly anticipated live concert stream on September 22nd featuring emerging talent from around the globe competing in their 2021 'Musicians Wanted' contest.
Welcoming finalists from Europe, the America's and Asia-Pacific regions to perform for a global audience and opporunity to win an epic prize bundle including Vans, Kramer gear, global music distribution and Spotify and AppleMusic playlisting.
Vans 'Musicians Wanted' finalists will also have the chance to share the stage with genre-bending young British rocker YUNGBLUD!
This year the contest has garnered over 30,000 submissions in 2021, another incredible record breaking milestone for the series and testament the upsurge of new musicians creating and honing their craft during the pandemic.
Fans can tune in on September 22nd to witness the finale unfold as judges Denzel Curry, Julia Michaels, Sean Miyashiro, and YUNGBLUD announce the final winner on Vans.EU/MusiciansWanted and congratulate the top-5 finalists from each region.
The EU region brought a heady mix of psychedelic rock, electronic indie, deep-rhythmic soul, heavy blues hooks and jazz instrumentals.
Cue a drum roll please, as we announce the EU finalists for 2021's 'Musicians Wanted' contest...
Top Five 'Musicians Wanted' 2021 Finalists From EU Region:
Lemonade Shoelace (Northern Ireland)
At least someone was productive during lockdown – and by someone we mean Ruairí Richman, aka Lemonade Shoelace.
After graduating from BIMM Dublin, the 23-year old had a bit of free time to work on his first solo project. The result? A dreamy, psychedelic sound rooted in escapism.
Writing and producing from his home studio in Northern Ireland, the ultimate goal for Ruairí’s Lemonade Shoelace is to take the listener on a wild adventure, giving them something that sounds different every single time
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Kenya Grace (England)
Singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Kenya Grace is the queen of cracking on and just doing it yourself.
The self-taught artist was born in South Africa, raised in Southampton and is now based in North London. She’s been writing since she was young but has spent the last few years honing her music production skills.
A world away from her early musical theatre days, her alternative electronic indie sound, with a touch of RnB, is inspired by the likes of Banks, Flume and Nao.
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Kyle, aka KY'ORiON is a Birmingham-based rapper, producer and director who founded the collective ‘The Factory Media’ in 2011.
From styling, modelling and sound engineering, to graphic design, poetry and even a spot of building (he built his own studio from the ground up), KY'ORiON is a man on a mission.
Describing his music as “ignorantly conscious”, his UK rap with influences of soul, has taken him across the pond to play at multiple festivals in the US and Canada, including SXSW.
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Altered Myths (Wales)
Welsh rock duo, Altered Myths are set on bringing showmanship and musical curiosity back to live music.
Friends since school but performing together since 2017, Altered Myths wanted to create a memorable show that they would want to see themselves. And memorable they are.
In their all-white stage outfits and guitarist Eskay’s custom leather mask (before it became essential PPE), their pantomime-esque shows are everything you don’t expect to see at a rock show.
Described as the gateway band into heavy music, this two-piece riff machine delivers heavy blues hooks and psychobilly intensity.
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On top of the really big deal of getting her doctorate In French literature this year, Jingyan has spent the last few years working on two musical projects – dsslio with a friend – and her own solo work under the moniker of p-i.
Originally from China but based in Paris for the last decade, has created a unique electronic sound with an oriental vibe.
Of the belief that music should be a transcendental experience, her instrumental-led music with minimal vocals (quite the juxtaposition for this trilingual artist) is guaranteed to transport you to another world.
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