News Date: Wednesday 2nd May 2012
MP meets band, NEKO, on Ham Road Worthing
On Saturday, East Worthing MP, Tim Loughton, met Pop Rock Band NEKO who he has nominated for this year’s Rock the House competition.
On a grey morning in Ham Street, Worthing, the Children’s Minister met Tom, Luke and Dave to find out more about the band and their music, as well as receiving a quick, off the cuff guitar lesson from Tom- who is the lead guitarist and vocalist.
The Rock the House competition was created by Mike Weatherly, MP for Hove, and celebrates the best of up-and-coming unsigned British artists and the live music venues that support them. The aim of the competition is to raise the political profile of the importance of intellectual property rights and live music among parliamentarians.
On meeting the band, Tim said:
‘It was a pleasure to meet the guys from NEKO and learn a little more about the band and what inspires them. This competition is a fantastic way of promoting those bands and venues that do not always get the best exposure.
I wish NEKO the best of luck and really hope they reach the final.’
Luke Knight, the bass player of NEKO, added:
‘It was good fun meeting and chatting with Tim and we are grateful to him for choosing us as his nomination for this year’s Rock the House. We are very proud to live in Worthing and we are delighted to represent them in this competition and would to love to make it through to the Battle of the Bands final.’
A panel of international music industry experts and musicians are now determining the finalists who will compete in a live battle of the bands on Wednesday 30th May, with the winners in each artist's category playing a live set on the Terrace of the House of Commons.
For more information on the Rock the House competition, please visit www.rockthehouse2012.com