Geek Pop Science and music festival calls for artists

Issue date: 18 August 2009

Geek Pop organisers Hayley Birch and Jim Bell Organisers at Geek Pop are sending out a call for artists for their third annual festival of music and science. The festival is a celebration of science-inspired music and geek culture, featuring artists from around the globe.

Alumni from the Science Communication course at the University of the West of England are behind the festival. Sounds of Science team members Jim Bell, Hayley Birch and Vicky West who met at UWE make up the festival crew.

Musicians can apply now to play gigs on one of Geek Pop's virtual stages when the festival launches on 12 March 2010. There are no restrictions on who can apply, providing the music is in some way inspired by science.

“We're really trying to throw it open this year. We want artists from all over the world, from every musical and scientific background,” says Festival Organiser, Hayley Birch. “We'd also like to encourage artists to film their performances so we can increase the visual impact of the festival.

“We met and discovered our mutual love of all things geek on the UWE Science Communication course. Somehow it turned into a virtual geek festival.”

In 2008 and 2009, the event was entirely online, with performances freely available to download for all festival goers. Next year, Geek Pop will add live music events to its virtual festival format, with gigs planned for Bristol, London and Cambridge.

The Sounds of Science team won a merit award for their unique approach to communicating science in this year's theBizIdea Competition organised by UWE.

The organisers are also in the process of designing a fifth virtual stage. The Comical Flask will see stand-up acts entertaining audiences with science comedy and, quite possibly, some virtual heckling.

This year's festival site can still be accessed online and features a headline set from medical songsters Amateur Transplants, as well as music from Intercontinental Music Lab, Dr Stu and the Neutron Stars and Let's Tea Party, who recently supported Bloc Party and Primal Scream.

The 2009 festival site can be accessed at:

For further stories relating to theBizIdea Competition see:

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