❚ THE PRESTON-BASED Laboratory Project is “a utopian vision” as an antidote to the reign of Simon Cowell’s production-line X-Factor performers. The label and studio aims to support artists with integrity, skill and soul to break into the music industry. A new album Taste Masters 3 is being launched tomorrow, Dec 17, at Manchester’s Fac251 venue with seven acts from the north-west promoting the album release on Jan 1.
Shapersofthe80s featured the Lab and its founder Tony Rigg when an earlier album Taste Masters 2 launched last spring, presenting Dresden, The Salford Jets, China White, Jimmy Docherty, Antistar, Super 8 Cynics … Last autumn the original album Taste Masters 1 included Drama King, Evenhand, Fez, Helvelyn 2, Osiris — both albums are still available for download.
The Laboratory project is promoting tomorrow’s showcase as a “World Class Live Music Event” featuring these acts:
➢ MC Tunes — seminal British rap artist performing hits and new material
➢ Salford Jets — hard-hitting punk flavoured rock from the Mancunian institution founded 1976
➢ Saturday Night Gym Club — electronic story-telling from Radio 1 favourites
➢ Two Weeks Running — epochal guitar music at its finest
➢ Twin Planets — alternative/ new wave future classics
➢ Pangaea — fusing classic and contemporary rock since 2009
➢ Drew Smith — unplugged acoustic musical delights
➢ Taste Masters 3 album launch party, Dec 17 from 7.30pm at Fac251, Princess Street Manchester, M1 7EN. Tickets £6 at Factory website