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During lockdown, musicians from across the land were penning their masterpieces chronicling their time in isolation, getting stuff off their chest or immersing them in a fantastical world to escape from the harsh reality that surrounded them. Now as life tries to return to some semblance of normality it’s time for these songs to be heard by the world, which might be all well and good for those who can afford and have a decent knowledge of home recording equipment, but what about everyone else? 

Thankfully, The Forum in Darlington has announced a thrilling opportunity for bands and artists to record their own original material written during lockdown. Supported by Arts Council England, Releasing from Lockdown is a new project that offers 24 bands and solo performers the chance to join a 12-week programme that will offer them professional, industry-level support to develop and perfect their music. They will also get they will also be able to perform their material live at a special gig which will be live-streamed to The Forum’s nearly 10,000 social media followers, and feature on a commemorative album commissioned by Creative Darlington.

Allison McKay, managing director of The Forum, tells us more about the project…

 “We want to partner with talented, up-and-coming and experienced artists who are passionate about their craft, and have used their time in lockdown to come up with exciting, original music.

“Our experienced industry professionals will work closely with those chosen to develop the music they’ve created during lockdown. Every band and performer will also get time in our fully-equipped studio with a professional sound engineer to record their tracks.

“By the end of the project, we will get our artists to the stage – which we’ve recently upgraded with latest cutting-edge lighting and audio technology – where they can release their tracks online and on Spotify, and where they’re in a position to sell themselves to gig promoters and record labels.

Applications for Releasing from Lockdown must be submitted by noon on Friday, October 2. Performers are asked to submit a rough version of their song along with their names and a short explanation of why they should be chosen for the project. Entries can be sent to

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