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Calling all singer-songwriters: Former Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart launches support slot competition

By James Callery

Manchester singer-songwriters can compete to go on tour with former Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart as his support act.

Playing Manchester’s Bridgewater hall, fans of Annie Lennox’s former musical partner will be relishing the opportunity to play with such a respected artist on his UK tour.

Four acts will be picked, one for each show, with a 30 minute slot to fill before his performance.

“I’m excited to play live in England again,” Stewart said.  “It’s been a long time, and to kick off in my hometown the day my new album is released will be a golden moment for me.”

Each winner will have a mentoring session with Stewart before the show which will continue via email afterwards.

The competition is open only to solo singer/songwriters and all entries must be original material.

Starting with a gig in his hometown of Sunderland, the shows will celebrate the release of his new solo album ‘The Ringmaster General’.

Blending rock, blues, country, rhythm and blues and psychedelia, the album’s songs are wry and moving in equal measure, and afford for repeated listens.

The iconic artist, who has found fame across the Atlantic, will perform songs of his upcoming album as well as music from 2011’s critically acclaimed ‘The Blackbird Diaries’.

He will also perform some of his earlier hits with the Eurythmics and other artists.

Competition entries can be submitted through davestewart.com for the individual dates

Tickets for his performance at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on September 5 are £25-27.50 and can be purchased at www.bookingsdirect.com / 0844 338 000.

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