14 October 2017 - 4 November 2017


The Sons of the Lotus Machine

Winners of Band category 2016

Track Record, which offers young musicians across Kent the chance to be part of the Festival and win recording time in a local professional studio, came to a dramatic climax at the Ballroom on Sunday 16 October, in a live final that allowed contestants to show off their musical talent to an eager audience. There were a total of 10 acts in the live final, seven solo finalists and three groups. The standard of entries was incredibly high and judges Niamh Lynam-Cotter, The Festival’s Programme & Participation Manager, Emily Watts, founder of Beautiful Town Music, and James Wilford, managing director of Your Music School, had a difficult job picking the winners.

There were several chances to win the coveted prize, as the competition was split into three categories; Soloist covers, in which the judges were looking for the best performing talent, Soloist originals, which allowed contestants to show off their skills in song writing as well as performing talent. Finally, the groups category saw the judges looking for the slickest and most talented bands. 

Each of the winners receive free rehearsal space from Your Music School, mentoring from each of the judges, a session in a recording studio to produce their own three track demo with Independent Music Productions followed by a session on Thanet’s AcademyFM (107.8), thanks to sponsorship from Canterbury’s Direction Law.

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The Sons of the Lotus Machine (William Bain-Smith, Jonathan Gwylliam and Ben Barlow) performed for 15 minutes. The judges thought they had an impressive musicality given the short time the band had been together.

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The band visited Independent Music Productions on Sunday 15 January 2017. Click the image below to listen to them in action.

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Track Record is Sponsored by:

Direction Law               and                University of Kent

Supported by Your Music SchoolIndependent Music Productions and Beautiful Town Music.