Singer aims to Rock The House

COMMONS CONTEST ... Annabel Pattinson is being supported by Jarrow and Hebburn MP Stephen Hepburn.

COMMONS CONTEST ... Annabel Pattinson is being supported by Jarrow and Hebburn MP Stephen Hepburn.

A YOUNG singer from South Tyneside could be performing for some of the country’s leading politicians at the House of Commons.

Annabel Pattinson, from Hebburn, entered Rock The House – a contest founded by Mike Weatherley, Tory MP for Hove in Sussex.

The competition was created to celebrate the nation’s best up-and-coming musicians and music venues.

Its aim is to raise the political profile of the importance of intellectual property rights, and live music, among parliamentarians.

The prizes include the chance to play at venues including the House of Commons and Liverpool’s Cavern Club, and equipment including amps and guitars.

Each MP has the chance to put forward an act from their constituency to enter the competition.

Annabel, 18, submitted her song Girls Like You to Jarrow and Hebburn MP Stephen Hepburn, and found out this week that she was nominated to take part in the solo artists under-19 section of the contest.

The guitarist, who runs a weekly buskers’ night at The Mill Tavern in Mill Lane, Hebburn, said: “I submitted the song a while ago, but didn’t think much about it.

“It’s a unique competition really –- there’s no other way I can think of to get a gig at the House of Commons.

“I’ve still got one round to get through yet, though, but I’d love to make it.”

Annabel’s song will now be judged by a panel of music industry experts against other artists in her category.

If they like what they hear, she will be invited to perform at a battle of the bands contest in Balham, London, next month.

Mr Hepburn said: “I am very pleased to nominate Annabel for Parliament’s third annual Rock The House competition.

“She is a talented local girl with a bright future ahead of her, and I wish her all the very best in the next stage.”

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