This article was published in 2003.
The best musical talent in Leeds is being asked to step forward and submit demos for this year's Bright Young Things (BYT) organised by Leeds Learning and Leisure.
Organisers are searching for fifteen bands aged 25 and under to be featured on a unique CD to be released in March. With the deadline for applications on Monday 8th December, organisers are urging bands who have left applying to the last minute, to do it now.
The 15 bands will be chosen on the basis of their song writing and potential.
Thousands of copies of the BYT CD will be given away with special editions of the Leeds Guide, while hundreds of others will be sent to music industry and media contacts around the country.
Renowned as a successful launch pad for young bands careers, Bright Young Things is this year working with Leeds' first contemporary music festival Fuse 04 to thrust into the spotlight the musical ability in Leeds.
From The Music to Bodixa, Bright Young Things has successfully gathered Leeds talent and provided them with the necessary early production and support to aid them on their climb to the top.
Well known for its pioneering live gigs, this year BYT will feature five gigs in five different venues throughout Leeds city centre. On each of these nights, three BYT bands will perform and will be joined by two Leeds-based semi-pro or professional bands, who will support the bands on the night, and provide advice and guidance.
Councillor Judith Blake, Executive Member for Learning and Leisure said, "Bright Young Things provides a wealth of opportunities for young bands in Leeds to develop and learn new skills and gain new experiences. Likewise it also provides people in Leeds with the chance to see the best young talent in the city perform live."
Meanwhile, another aspect of Bright Young Things is educational, with all-comers welcome to workshops and music biz advice sessions to be announced for early next year.
Interested bands can get application forms and further information by calling (0113) 247 8234 or by visiting the Bright Young Things website at www.leeds.gov.uk/byt.