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NO COMPROMIZE CD (against tuition fees) RIP TONY BENN

Back in 1996, long before our programme of Yorkshire music industry support at international music conferences via the mighty Timeless Music Project (see activities below), Pat Fulgoni organised a CD in opposition to the introduction of tuition fees. (yes students, £9000 a year!). Much of the inspiration for this project was the late Tony Benn who died this week. He even appeared on a special track with Pat called Chip Away, facilitated a press conference at the House of Commons and supported our 2 x CD release which featured large bands from the Nineties including Suede, Wedding Present, Dreadzone, Todd Terry, Utah Saints. Read all about the campaign and listen to Tony Benn's collaboration: here

About the TIMELESS MUSIC PROJECT and our regional music development work

Chocolate Fireguard Records is proud to be based in Yorkshire, UK. It's a fact that music brings people together and it is clear that there is way too much quality local talent not getting a reasonable look in. So under the umbrella of "not for profit" Social Enterprise Timeless Music Project we decided to help draw a load of attention to it by organising a series of events, festivals and showcase opportunities.

Scroll down for info on some of these projects. We'll add them as we deliver them!

Yorkshire 2012 SXSW, MIDEM, GREAT ESCAPE, International Music Conferences Briefing / 1st September, Leeds

Calling all bands, labels and managers. Thinking of applying to play at SXSW, MIDEM, GREAT ESCAPE, WOMEX 2012? Wanting to attend as a delegate? Following the success of our "all Yorkshire" showcases at SXSW, Timeless Music Project is rolling out the love and running yet another special briefing session, 1st September at the Hifi Club, Leeds. Guest speakers Phil Patterson (UKT&I), Una Johnston (SXSW). Javier Lopez (MIDEM), Kelly Wood (Musicians Union), James Farrelly (AIM), Julian Wall (BPI), Kat Morris (Great Escape) and our very own Pat Fulgoni.

Over the years we have been told our briefing events are by far the busiest of all the UK regions taking part so big up Yorkshire and get down there early. Register here via the online form: Music Yorkshire

MUSIC YORKSHIRE SHOWCASE @ SXSW 2011, TEXAS

Yorkshire and North East SXSW Party 2011 - 19th March 2011

We're back! British Music Embassy, Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Texas featuring: Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile-Up, David Thomas Broughton, Viva City and Little Comets..... (11.45 am - 3.00 pm) RSVP ONLY. Badgeholders will be prioritized. For more info: Music Yorkshire

Independent Sounds Of Yorkshire And The Humber 2011

For 2011 Chocolate Fireguard's Pat Fulgoni continues this Yorkshire-wide talent promotional series at SXSW in Texas supporting and featuring these local acts: Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile-Up, David Thomas Broughton, Bear Driver, Juice, Rolo Tomassi, Tigers That Talked, Alvarez Kings, Spectrals, Threads Orchestra, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Shake Aletti, Napoleon IIIrd, Black Diamond Bay, Tom Staar, Submotion Orchestra, Vessels, The Beaus, End Of Level Baddie ... fine Yorkshire artists offered showcases at this year's SXSW and a few more, plus unsigned act End Of Level Baddie who was chosen by BBC Raw Talent Introducing.

Yorkshire SXSW and MIDEM Briefing / 1st September, Leeds

Calling all bands, labels and managers. Thinking of applying to play at SXSW or MIDEM 2011? Wanting to attend as a delegate? Following the success of the Yorkshire Showcases at SXSW over in the States, Timeless Music Project is running a special briefing session, 1st September at the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds. Guest speakers Phil Patterson (UKT&I), Javier Lopez (MIDEM) and Una Johnston (SXSW). Register here: Music Yorkshire

MUSIC YORKSHIRE @ SXSW 2010, TEXAS

Timeless Music Project and Chocolate Fireguard presents ...........

Yorkshire SXSW Party 2010 - 18th March 2010

Back again at the British Music Embassy, Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Texas featuring Yorkshire acts: One Night Only, Grammatics, Slow Club, The Crookes and Middleman. Sponsored by NorthernNet ..... (11.30 am - 3.00 pm) RSVP ONLY. Badgeholders will be prioritized. For more info: Music Yorkshire

Independent Sounds Of Yorkshire And The Humber 2010

For 2010 Chocolate Fireguard's Pat Fulgoni continues this Yorkshire-wide talent promotional series at SXSW in Texas supporting and featuring these local acts: One Night Only, 65 Days Of Static, Pulled Apart By Horses, Slow Club, MiddleMan, Kava Kava, Grammatics, The Crookes, Serious Sam Barrett, Standard Fare, Black Spiders, Alvarez Kings, LR Rockets, Man Made Noise ... fine Yorkshire artists offered showcases at this year's SXSW (except Man Made Noise who was chosen by BBC Raw Talent Introducing

Yorkshire SXSW Briefing / 15th September

Calling all bands, labels and managers. Thinking of applying to play at SXSW 2010? Wanting to attend as a delegate? Following the success of the Yorkshire Launch Party at SXSW, Timeless Music Project is running a special briefing session, 15th September at the Round Foundry Media Centre, Leeds. Guest speakers Phil Patterson (UKT&I) and Una Johnston (SXSW). Register here via the online form: Music Yorkshire

Yorkshire Launch Party at SXSW 2009/www.musicyorkshire.com

Keep an eye out for some of Timeless Music Project's work at this year's SXSW South By SouthWest Conference, Austin, Texas here. We'll be running another Independent Sounds Of Yorkshire And The Humber CD again and new for 2009 we have secured the first ever Yorkshire Showcase at the British Music Embassy venue (Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Texas) thanks to Yorkshire Forward sponsorship. This will take place 21st March (just before Liverpool Sound City's slot) 11.30 - 3.00 pm. Featuring Yorkshire acts Wild Beasts, Sky Larkin, Talk To Angels, Paul Marshall and Rolo Tomassi.....RSVP ONLY. Badgeholders will be prioritized. Music Yorkshire Register at SXSW Official parties page or the British Music Embassy

Independent Sounds Of Yorkshire And The Humber 2009

For 2009 Chocolate Fireguard's Pat Fulgoni continues this Yorkshire-wide talent promotional series at SXSW in Texas supporting and featuring these local acts: Wild Beasts, Sky Larkin, Rolo Tomassi, Paul Marshall, The Officers, Talk To Angels, Awash With Antler, Kava Kava, Stoney, Angel Brothers, In The Nursery, Wonderswan, Casper Hauser, Bohemian Mods, Orange 38, Playground Mafia ... 17 fine bands either playing SXSW 2009 or with representation on UKT&I's Trades Mission to SXSW

Independent Sounds Of Yorkshire And The Humber 2008

For 2008 Chocolate Fireguard's Pat Fulgoni developed and project managed a new Yorkshire wide talent promotion at SXSW and MIDEM Music Conferences in Texas and France supporting and featuring these local acts: The Rosie Taylor Project, Asaviour & DJ IQ, Rosie Doonan, Vib Gyor, Supadark, The Colonel, Andreya Triana & Martyn Strange, The Haggis Horns, Mr Beasley, Darlings Of The Splitscreen, The Huskies, Far From The Dance, Ultramegasupadeadly, Lyn Acton (with Pearls Cab Ride), Ben Elliot, The Landaus, Skint and Demoralised.

"Note For Note" Music Industry Roadshow comes to Leeds, 30th April 1 -5 pm @ Host Media Centre, 21 Savile Mount Leeds, LS7 3HZ featuring key music industry speakers, Q & As and one to one music biz advice ..... more details here

About the Timeless Music Project

Chocolate Fireguard Records is proud to be based in Huddersfield, UK. It's a fact that music brings people together and it is clear that there is way too much quality local talent not getting a reasonable look in. So under the umbrella of the Timeless Music Project we decided to help draw a load of attention to it by organising a series of events, festivals and showcase opportunities. Scroll down for info on some of the projects ....................

2006 / 2007 West Yorkshire Music Industry support

Recently TMP has also been making an impact within the wider area of West Yorkshire. The last 2 years (2006/7) and for the annual South by South West (SXSW) International Music Conference in Austin, Texas, TMP produced a special promo 'Showcase' CD sampler of West Yorkshire independent record labels to help out and draw attention to some of the region’s diverse music scene. SXSW offers a unique networking opportunity. A definite 'first' for the region, this special project is a collaboration between Chocolate Fireguard, TMP, UKT&I and Yorkshire Forward, resulting in various distribution deals, airplay and promotion worldwide. There's also a special Bradford Unsigned CD for this year funded by Bradford Council.

So far the labels taking part in the promotion have been: Dance To The Radio, Bad Sneakers, First Word, I Can Count Music, One Note Records, Alamo Records, Chocolate Fireguard, Jealous Records, 2020, Wrath Records, Wax On, Integrity Beatz, Pure Wonder, Brutalize Records, Performing Chimp, On The Bone, Groove Laboratory Productions, Bongo Chilli Records, Klinik Records, Broke Records and Hudd Traxx. The CDs have featured the music of the following exciting West Yorkshire based acts: Yes Boss feat Tom/ Forward Russia, Chenai, O Fracas, Autobots, Shut Your Eyes & You'll Burst Into Flames, The Sugars, The Scaramanga Six, Jon Gomm, Mother Vulpine, Lara Rose, Bongo Chilli, Jack Flash, Rachel Modest (La Cedille), The New Mastersounds, Kidkanevil and Testament, Four Day Hombre, Kava Kava, This Et Al, The Electric Press, Piskie Sits, JD73, Mary-Jane, Slum Science, Buen Chico, L Kareem. For Bradford Unsigned 2007: Laura Groves, This Et Al, Laboratory Noise, Philip G Charles, Neesh, The Psychedelic Singh, Harmacy, Imani Hekima, Rent, Bassman Gerry, Analog Bombs.

From time to time we aim to try and continue with these projects and would like to hear from labels and artists who may find this kind of service useful. Come forward!


Timeless Festival Background Timeless Festival Myspace

S' Timeless Festival Petition
The idea for TMP arose quite naturally out of the Timeless Festival held since 2002. Developed by Chocolate Fireguard in association with regeneration agency Huddersfield Pride, young regional talent has been showcased on three stages alongside national and international artists in the grounds of the Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle Park, Huddersfield. Each year we have forged new partnerships to ensure that this important event takes place. *** sadly due to a lack of funding partners in 2007 it was necessary for the event to have a year off ***

Truly multi-aged and multi-cultural this is Kirklees's only Community Festival and was Guardian Guide 'pick of the week' 2 years running (2004 and 2005). Acts have included the Lo Fidelity Allstars, The Freestylers, Fingathing, DJ Vadim's Oneself, Transglobal Underground, Fat City Records Sound System, Zion Train, LA Cedille, Panjabi Hit Squad, Root Jackson, The Bays, Kava Kava, Jehst, Asaviour and DJ IQ, Iration Steppas, The Selecter, Pee Wee Ellis, Snowboy and the Latin Section to name a few. We've had films, visuals from VJs, bands and DJs from Beasançon (Huddersfield's twin town in France) workshops, much needed showcasing from local bands and in 2005 developed a freestyle hip hop stage.……It soon became pretty clear that the standard of local bands performing was exceptional. So to coincide with the Festival, it was felt that the time was right to produce a compilation to help broadcast this very fact .....

2005: Huddersfield Compilation

The three CDs in the ’Sounds From A Big Town’ series celebrate some of Kirklees's outstanding homegrown talent. Some of the artists may have recorded in commercial studios, some may have recorded themselves on low budgets, but what is obvious here is the sheer passion, dedication and raw energy of the bands and artists. CD1 caters for hip hop, urban and chill, CD2 for guitars and CD3 for dance. Most music lovers would be genuinely surprised by the quality on offer here. Music from the compilation has received airplay in over 40 different countries worldwide (including spins on KCRW in Los Angeles), local bands have now been signed and 5 tracks have even been licensed onto compilations for the Singapore and Japanese markets. Sounds From A Big Town is mainly for promotional use only. However a strictly limited edition box set is available for sale, the profits from which go back into the promotion of Huddersfield's music. See shop for details.

Huddersfield clearly has a diverse and thriving music scene. This compilation is probably the tip of the iceberg. The reaction to ‘Sounds From A Big Town’ has been superb. Copies have been handed out as far afield as Texas, New York, Berlin and Manchester and through TMP, Chocolate Fireguard is now developing some single artist products from local acts Mary-Jane and Practical Headz (see artists pages)


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Other regional work  

Concerned by the lack of live opportunities in and around Huddersfield, Chocolate Fireguard Artistes also helped Kirklees Council's Cultural & Leisure Services to develop some of their events including their first Battle of the Bands (2005) and Lark In The Park gala (2001-2005) introducing and developing a band and DJ element to this annual flower and vegetable show/gala event in Greenhead Park, Gledholt Bank, Huddersfield. These included a good few local bands and also established DJs such as Ed Piller (Acid Jazz), Lubi Jovanovic (Straight No Chaser) and bands like Capri, Scaramanga Six, D'booga, Sirius B, Baghdaddies, Dubdadda, New Master Sounds, Random Heroes, Jinrai, etc etc. We hope that these events will continue to grow..

Timeless Festival 2005

Chocolate Fireguard and Timeless Music Project presents ................
TIMELESS FESTIVAL, RAVENSKNOWLE PARK, WAKEFIELD ROAD, HUDDERSFIELD

10TH SEPTEMBER 2005, 3 Stages! 11 am to 9.30 pm. Free Admission! BAR!!!

http://www.timelessfestival.co.uk

Line up: DJ Vadim presents One Self (Ninja Tune) feat DJ Vadim, DJ Woody, Yarah Bravo, Blu Rum 13, Groove Gangsta, Transglobal Underground, Panjabi Hit Squad (BBC Radio 1 xtra), Zion Train Soundsystem vs Iration Steppas vs Dub Dadda Soundclash, Kava Kava (Chocolate Fireguard), LA Cédille (Chocolate Fireguard, France), Autobots feat. Teri (Mary Jane), Practical Headz, Ground Wurq, Flexible Future (France), Nex, The Voltaires, YT (Sativa) + Bongo Chilli + Dan Man (Ruffneck Productions), Mr Shiraz, Four Day Hombre, New Vinyl, Burden Of Reality, DJ Blessed (Sharaz), DJ Dr Weevil (Desert Storm), DJ Bunch of 45s, TrayCDjay, (acoustic) Mary Jane, (acoustic) Pinstripe, Isaac and Josh......More acts to be confirmed. stalls, food and licensed bar, workshops, Optic Alchemy visuals ...... Last year's Guardian Guide and Yorkshire Post's 'pick of the week' is most certainly back.

This year's partners are Chocolate Fireguard, Huddersfield Pride and Kirklees Council. We have also received funding from the Arts Council

 






























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