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We LOVE the LIMF Academy 2016 shortlist…

Liverpool International Music Festival has unveiled the details of the 20 finalists of the 2016 LIMF Academy programme. Providing an unprecedented platform for the most talented young unsigned artists and bands from Merseyside, each artist will have the opportunity to perform at Europe’s largest free music event, LIMF Summer Jam this July.

The Elite Talent Development Programme has been awarded to three of the ‘most ready’ artists; singer/songwriters Eleanor Nelly and L U M E N plus producer SUEDEBROWN. The programme includes career investment, mentoring, regional and national performance opportunities and numerous other benefits including professionally produced biography, press shots and music development. Listen to tracks from all three artists on the LIMF Academy Sound Cloud page below.

The trio of artists picked for the programme are a testament to the young, fresh talent from Merseyside ready to break through. At 16 years old, Eleanor Nelly has already played numerous venues and released her first EP ‘Insane and Loved’. Electronic artist L U M E N has already experienced air time on BBC Radio 1 with his debut single ‘What Will Life Make Of You’ and SUEDEBROWN has delivered official remixes for the likes of Steve Aoki, Iggy Azalea and Sneakbo and has since delivered his own single ‘Nightcall’.

On the three most ready artists, BBC Radio Merseyside‘s Dave Monks comments “They all possess something that made them stand out, they are distinctive. We were aware of some of Eleanor’s early recordings through BBC Introducing and I think her recent performance at the Magnet confirmed she had something that made everyone keen to have her involved this year. As for L U M E N, again we started supporting the earliest of tracks Liam had produced in his bedroom and after seeing this in a live setting, we noticed how much progress he had made in only a few months. We’re looking forward to hearing one of his tracks produced with Steve Levine. SUEDEBROWN is an artist that has jumped straight out following the release of his track ‘Nightcall’ which I played on the radio. I think this could be an exciting artist that could also collaborate with some of the other Academy artists further down the line”.