Talent guru’s town visit

Dawn and Ian Mc Manus pictured outside the new Red Dreams premises.

Dawn and Ian Mc Manus pictured outside the new Red Dreams premises.

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YOUNG performers will have the chance to impress on stage when a record company’s talent spotter comes to town.

Ten acts from Red Dreams will perform in front of Chris McCourt, of Atlantic Records, before quizzing him on all things music.

Atlantic Records has an abundance of famous worldwide acts to its name including Bruno Mars, Plan B and Paramore.

And now the members of Red Dreams are going to have the “fantastic opportunity” of catching the eye of the huge company.

Ian McManus, 42, who founded the charity with his wife, Dawn, also 42, said: “The visit has been organised as a chance for Chris to look the young people over and see what he thinks.

“It’s all about opening the eyes of the young people, letting them know that it’s not always all about the local scene and there’s a whole big country out there to tap into.

“It’s also about opening the eyes of the record labels so they realise there is some fantastic talent away from London.

“I have known Chris for a couple of years and I am absolutely delighted that he has agreed to come along and watch some of our acts perform.

“There will also be a Q&A session where the young people can tap into Chris’s broad knowledge.

“We want all of our young people to think big, we have such a wealth of talent here.”

Red Dreams member Nick Dixon, who was watched by millions of people as he impressed on BBC show The Voice, will perform when Chris visits the charity’s new unit, in Whitby Street South, on Friday, May 24.

Songwriters who have wrote material for Nick and other acts will also get the chance to showcase their talents.

“If one record label likes them, you know that other people are going to like them as well,” added Ian, who set up the charity with Dawn following the tragic death of their talented son, Kyle, who suffered a brain haemorrhage when he was just 16.

“That’s how it works, we have seen it in the past.

“We are all looking forward to Chris visiting, we have had a lot going on recently since we moved into the new unit and we can see it getting really busy in the coming months.”