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Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Alan McGee at CinemagicMusic festival
Belfast-bound... man who made Oasis and Pete Doherty into stars
The man credited with discovering rock legends Oasis will be in Belfast in June to share his knowledge of music with young people as part of a new festival.
Alan McGee, who also managed The Libertines and set up Creation Records and Poptones, will be in the hot seat for a Questions and Answers session during the CinemagicMusic festival.
The event was launched this week and is aimed at young people in Northern Ireland who hope to work within the music industry.
CinemagicMusic follows on from the hugely successful Cinemagic World Screen Festival, which educates teenagers interested in pursuing a career in film and television.
A number of other well-known names in music have been signed up.
The four-day event, which takes place in Belfast in June, will include numerous masterclasses, industry talks, an outdoor concert and a family fun day.
The masterclasses will give young people the chance to learn essential skills in areas such as song-writing, guitar playing, drums and Djing.
At the end of each masterclass, the tutors, along with Chris Cowey of Top of the Pops and most recently Soapstar Superstar, will choose the most promising students in each class. The selected musicians will go on to rehearse with Chris and open the Cinemagic concert at Custom House Square on Saturday. June 24.
Also playing that day will be indie band Starsailor, whose lead singer James Walsh lives in Belfast and funk outfit Players.
Joan Burney, of Cinemagic, said: "Cinemagic feels that the natural progression of the film festival is a music festival which can offer young people the opportunity to learn from industry professionals."
source: Belfast telegraph
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