After weeks of searching, we have concluded our UK-wide quest to find the next big thing in live music, naming Feliicia Eliza as our favourite act.

Feliicia was first spotted by our Manchester branch, and was then chosen by our expert panel which worked with Local Music Live, an initiative aimed at putting new talent on the radio.  Under the scheme, singer/songwriters and bands could submit their songs to localmusiclive.org for a chance to be played by local radio DJs from across the UK.

The search for local talent received over 200 entries in just one month, with our judging panel selecting Feliicia as their favourite act.  The talented singer/songwriter will now be invited to Redwall Studios in Greater Manchester to record her music, and create a music video for one of her tracks with Leeds-based creative agency, Harris.

Local Music Live brought together commercial and community stations including Rock FM in Lancashire, the Lincs FM group and the newly-launched Fix Radio in London to encourage and support local singers and bands.

Howarth Timber’s marketing and product development manager, Neale Brewster, said: “We’re always keen to support our local communities, and many of our stores have sponsored local gigs in the past so when we were given the chance to take this support nationwide we were keen to get involved.

“The quality of the entries received made choosing our favourite act a tricky process, but Feliicia caught our attention from the very beginning, and on behalf of Howarth Timber I’d like to congratulate Feliicia and wish her all the best for what I’m sure will be a stellar music career!”