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Ulysses to represent Bath in Rock the House competition

Don Foster MP is delighted to announce Bath band, Ulysses, as the nominee for the Parliamentary music competition, Rock the House

In only its second year running, Mike Weatherley MP’s Rock the House has dwarfed all other Parliamentary competitions and become the single most participated-in Parliamentary competition with a massive 165 MPs submitting nominations – including the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

With no shortage of patronage from rock stars, a vast array of priceless prizes and a finalists’ judging panel that reads as the who’s who of the music industry, Rock the House has captured the imagination of MPs and musicians alike.

The finalists will be announced on 23rd May, with the live finals competition being held on 30th May in last years’ joint winner in the live music venue category, the Bedford in Balham. Winners will be invited to play a live set on the terrace of the House of Commons in the evening.

The competition aims to raise the profile of live music and intellectual property rights issues in Parliament, forcing MPs to engage with a creative demographic who are the future behind the UK’s second largest economy.

Commenting Don Foster MP said:

“We have a wealth of musical talent here in Bath and it gives me great pleasure to nominate Ulysses for Rock the House’s best band category”

“Earlier this year my Live Music Bill was passed into law which has been welcomed by the pub and music industries alike. It is important we continue to do all we can as parliamentarians to help live performers further.”

Welcoming the news, Luke Smith of Ulysses said:
“We are extremely proud to have been chosen to represent Bath, especially if we can help bring more attention to the real issues facing small music venues and musicians across the UK”

Rock the House Founder Mike Weatherley MP said:

“It’s fantastic – the scale of the entries is unprecedented. I’m pleased that so many MPs and Ministers are getting behind my competition and that Rock the House is driving the education of MPs on the issue of Intellectual Property Rights and live music forward with quite considerable success.”