Undis­cov­ered mu­si­cal tal­ent hunted ahead of Sir El­ton’s Widnes gig

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JMacD1988

SIR El­ton John has launched a con­test for budding mus­cial artists to win the chance to make videos ahead of his Widnes gig in June.

In cel­e­bra­tion of the icon and Bernie Taupin’s 50th an­niver­sary of their song­writ­ing part­ner­ship, Sir El­ton is giv­ing undis­cov­ered cre­ative tal­ent the chance to cre­ate of­fi­cial mu­sic videos for three iconic songs.

This in­cludes Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, and Ben­nie And The Jets.

El­ton John: The Cut was launched on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 12, at YouTube’s year end show Brand­cast, hosted by James Cor­den.

En­tries to the con­test are open to the pub­lic from Mon­day, Jan­uary 9.

Mu­sic video en­tries for each of the songs will fea­ture dif­fer­ent artis­tic el­e­ments.

Sub­mis­sions for Rocket Man will fea­ture an­i­ma­tion, Tiny Dancer will be live-ac­tion, and Ben­nie And The Jets will have chore­og­ra­phy.

Sir El­ton and Bernie will select three win­ners which will pre­miere on YouTube next sum­mer.

The icon will per­form a gig at the Select Se­cu­rity Sta­dium in Widnes on Sun­day, June 18.

Sir El­ton said: “We’re ex­cited to part­ner with YouTube to bring to­gether gen­er­a­tions of artists and mu­sic lovers around a shared pas­sion for sto­ry­telling.

“YouTube is a rich ta­pes­try of cre­ativ­ity, and I can’t wait to see how the breadth of tal­ent from the dance, live-ac­tion and an­i­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ties ap­ply their vi­sion to these cher­ished songs.”

A to­tal of $10,000 will be awarded to the win­ning cre­ators to sup­port fu­ture video-based cre­ative projects.

More than 60% of tick­ets for the Widnes con­cert sold within the first week of sale, but there are still hos­pi­tal­ity pack­ages avail­able.

Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for the sta­dium and cul­ture, Cllr Phil Har­ris, said “There has al­ready been con­sid­er­able in­ter­est in our hos­pi­tal­ity since the tour date was an­nounced so book to­day on to avoid miss­ing out on a unique op­por­tu­nity.”

The YouTube com­pe­ti­tion the ● closes on Mon­day, Jan­uary 23, and for more in­for­ma­tion visit www.el­ton­john.com/the­cut

For more de­tails about hos­pi­tal­ity pack­ages call 0151 510 6000, email sta­dium@hal­ton.gov.uk or visit www.se­lect­se­cu­ri­tys­ta­dium. co.uk/el­ton/

Sir El­ton John plays the Select Se­cu­rity Sta­dium in June

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