No Need For X Factor As Beat100.com Showcase Rolls Into Town

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A tightly packed venue suggested that Beat100 has reached out to many more people in its short life span than first expected, especially artists looking to impress & gain that elusive record contract. Each act was given a time slot of 10 minutes to impress the guest judges and prove just what has made these particular uploading artists such a hit on Beat100.com.

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"I can't believe I won, I'm so stoked! Beat100 is doing a great thing by supporting unsigned talent, I can't wait for the next Beat100 live event"

Beat100 held its debut showcase on Wednesday the 14th December at Essex venue, Mariners Court. The Beat100 showcase consisted of 17 acts all looking to make a claim on the prize pool & impress the guest judges & audience for the evening.

A tightly packed venue suggested that Beat100 has reached out to many more people in its short life span than first expected, especially artists looking to impress & gain that elusive record contract. Each act was given a time slot of 10 minutes to impress the guest judges and prove just what has made these particular uploading artists such a hit on Beat100.com.

The night had a very singer/songwriter feel to it with originals & covers being performed by each artist, kicking off the proceedings was young songstress going by the name of Sheila Lord. Sheila is a singer/songwriter with an atmospheric acoustic sound & has performed at many major UK music events including Beach Break Live alongside The Enemy, The Cribs, The Wombats & many more. Playing three originals from the go seemed to sway the judges & it seemed only 10 minutes in and Beat100 had a major contender for the prize.

Sheila's new album 'The Real Her' is now available on iTunes.

The first male performance of the evening came from Southend on sea's very own Tim Clark who again played nothing but originals which took to shape of this modern folk sound that seems to be sweeping the nation with the likes of Ed Sheeran & Frank Turner. Tim ended to rapturous applause which only heated up the Beat100 competition before passing the torch to the next act of the night.

Tim's self penned track 'Tonight' can be seen in the Beat100 Music Chart

Next to step up are the Beat100 heavyweights Kate Claussen & Kelly Donovan, both previous winners of the Music Chart. Kate (16) from Essex managed to silence the packed venue with a powerful performance accompanied by her school music teacher on piano. With that voice & still at such a young age Kate Claussen could well be a big name of the future & could certainly teach those X Factor finalists a thing or two & exactly the same can be said for the follow up act, Kelly Donovan.

Kelly Donovan has already caught the attention of major labels in the past year & even released a single through Island Records which has gained her much praise throughout the music industry. Kicking off her 10 minute set with an original it's clear to see Kelly has the credentials needed to write a hit song effortlessly hitting the notes whilst playing piano for an awestruck crowd.

Kelly's debut single 'Dreamer' featuring Yung Axe

Halfway through the evening the event has a quick 15 minute break to set up the stage for the bands taking part in the night leaving Mark Peters, live sports presenter for ITV to keep the crowd entertained with his quick wit and entertaining banter. When asked his thoughts on Beat100, Mark from Hadleigh, Essex replied;

"Being asked to present an event that promotes unsigned talent is a great thing & a pleasure to compare, Beat100 is a fantastic idea & given the positive comments bouncing around this room tonight it shouldn't be long before we see Beat100 in the spotlight for worldwide talent."

Time for the bands, three on the trot to be precise, Phillious Williams, Remember December & Last Men Standing all brought very diverse qualities to the competition and all thoroughly deserved to win the prize pool after superb performances. In true X Factor style the hyped audience were talking about who would be the potential winner, band or solo artist?! Demi Spriggs done nothing to make it any easier for the audience to guess with a sublime performance playing a very unique style of folk with a beautifully soft, melodic vocal.

As the night draws to an end its up to the boys to end it as strongly as it started, Tom Spence steps up and plays a fantastic rendition of 'the day we caught the train' by Ocean Colour Scene. When asked about Toms thoughts on the night he replied;

"I thought it was a great night, the venue was packed and there was a real buzz about the place. I'd be at another whether I was playing or not. Beat100 is a fantastic way to share our music and with nights like this it'll quickly become a force on the live circuit."

Not to be outdone by Tom's performance the penultimate act Adam Duffill showcases exactly why he has thousands of followers across his multitude of social networking profiles. Playing originals, Duffill shows true professionalism in the way the performance is delivered and produces another victory worthy set.

Ending the night can be a daunting task but Mike Summers takes its all stride by stride playing a classy set and ending the night perfectly which truly did showcase the sheer talent in a small part of the country alone. The new year will bring new opportunities & Beat100 plans on branching out across the world to give unearthed talent the chance to showcase & be in the limelight.

Shortly after the night draws to an end the winner is announced as Demi Spriggs from Tilbury, Essex, picking up the prize money after a well executed set. Demi clearly taken by surprise at hearing the announcement commented;

"I can't believe I won, I'm so stoked! Beat100 is doing a great thing by supporting unsigned talent, I can't wait for the next Beat100 live event!"

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