Clint Boon praises unsigned Stockport band
Tuesday 9th June 2015 @ 15:24 by Max Wieland
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Music star Clint Boon has hailed Stockport based band Strangeways after a storming gig at the final of an unsigned music competition.

RUNNERS UP: Stockport's Strangeways, who launched their career on the Tameside Radio unsigned showcase, perform at the Manchester Pale Ale Refreshing Sounds competition.

RUNNERS UP: Stockport’s Strangeways, who launched their career on the Tameside Radio unsigned showcase, perform at the Manchester Pale Ale Refreshing Sounds competition.

The top DJ and Inspiral Carpets musician was busy hosting the one-off live event on Saturday which showcased two talented runners-up as well as eventual winners King Kartel.

The Oldham born 55-year-old was also a judge for the Manchester Pale Ale (MPA) Refreshing Sounds competition at renowned music venue Gullivers, and said he was impressed with the opening act Strangeways, whose first ever gig came via the Tameside Radio unsigned showcase.

Clint Boon said: “The lads from Strangeways are a great example of the high level of talent constantly brewing in Manchester.

“They’ve got the lyrical prowess of The Smiths, with the urgency of The Courteeners and they kicked off the Refreshing Sounds gig with a bang on Saturday.

“I look forward to hearing them play again soon around Manchester.”

TALENTED FINALISTS: Strangeways, Feed the Kid and winner King Kartel pose with judge Clint Boon after beating hundreds of acts from across the UK to make it to the final of this year's Manchester Pale Ale Refreshing Sounds competition.

TALENTED FINALISTS: Strangeways, Feed the Kid and winners King Kartel pose with judge Clint Boon after beating hundreds of acts from across the UK to make it to the final of this year’s Manchester Pale Ale Refreshing Sounds competition.

Elsewhere, after fighting off hundreds of other entries, King Kartel were crowned the ultimate winners after an online public vote and tough judging from Clint Boon, 80 Hertz’s George Atkins and JW Lees’ William Lees-Jones. Headlining the gig was the penultimate prize before the re-mastered version of winning single ‘Come at me now’ was released as a free music download via the Manchester Pale Ale website.

The evening was a record turnout for the venue, with fans queuing to enter the gig to catch a glimpse of Strangeways, Feed the Kid and King Kartel.

Clint Boon added: “There was a cracking turnout for all the lads at Gullivers and the atmosphere was buzzing. This is an exciting time for King Kartel, winning a competition like this is something special. It just shows how much-unsigned talent is out there, especially here in Manchester.”

TALENTED GROUP: Clint Boon praises Strangeways after opening up the Refreshing Sounds competition.

TALENTED GROUP: Clint Boon praises Strangeways after opening up the Refreshing Sounds competition.

Since being crowned the Refreshing Sounds winners, King Kartel have recorded a professionally mastered version of their winning track ‘Come at me now’ at 80 Hertz recording studios and behind the scenes music video, helping to further the band’s career even more. Producing the track was founder and renowned music producer, George Atkins, who was also on the competition judging panel.

Managing Director of JW Lees, William Lees-Jones, said: “The Refreshing Sounds gig at Gullivers was a great way to celebrate the success of King Kartel’s win and the fantastic talent of the hundreds of nationwide bands who entered our biggest competition yet. The gig itself was awesome and was the perfect end to a great campaign.

“Holding campaigns like Refreshing Sounds enables us to connect with our audience and take MPA nationwide. Some amazing, talented bands entered, but it takes being heard to be recognised – Refreshing Sounds has always been about drawing attention to unsigned bands and it’s really worked well.”