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Check out the latest list of projects that ACM students and graduates are currently involved in.

Sugababes
Big congratulations to former vocal student, Amelle Berrabah, who has landed a dream job as the newest member of hugely successful girl group The Sugababes.

During her time at ACM Amelle won the co-sponsored ACM and Top Of The Pops Search for a Star competition. As a result she met top songwriting/production team Jiant, who are based at ACM. The team of Pete Kirtley and Tim Hawes then spent the next two years developing her as a performance artist, where she came to the attention of the Sugababes’ management and record company.

Amelle is now gearing up for her first tour as a fully-fledged member of the band. The band will also be supporting Take That during their comeback stadium tour in the summer.

Visit www.sugababes.com for more information.
Newton Faulkner
Big things are predicted for singer/songwriter Newton, with Lesley Douglas, Controller of Radio 2 and 6Music, tipping him as one of the acts to watch for 2006

After only 5 years playing, Newton has featured at the Lewes International Guitar Festival, played the opening set at the National Riffathon Competition in front of Jimmy Page and Brian May and more recently performed solo at the prestigious Ronnie Scotts. Jimmy Page was so impressed that he invited him to play at some of his private parties.

Newton is currently recording his debut album and has recently signed a publishing/production deal with Peermusic (UK) Ltd. His first single, "Santa Claus Is Green" is due for release very soon.
MotoGP 3
ACM’s students have provided an eclectic and original backing track for the motorbike racing game, MotoGP3. The game is produced by THQ, one of the biggest names in computer games publishing.

The official Xbox Magazine praised the soundtrack saying, “the game has a stunning collection of drum and bass, techno and comedy metal tracks to whip you into a perfect frenzy… we want to rip the music out of the game to listen to on its own!’

Featured artists: Shawn Hargreaves, Sensha and Snare, Metric, …And A Thousand Elephants, The White Noise, Keith Clarke vs Another Day Lost, Baseborn, Hipshott, Catch 2, Hijera, U-ON, The Zico Chain, Logo
TrackMania Sunrise
Students have also provided another big games publishers, Digital Jesters, with tunes for one of the most unique car racing games on the market - TrackMania Sunrise. Gamers are offered the chance to hear a range of musical styles from the talented students, whilst racing around over 100 different courses.

Featured artists: Hi-jera, Newton Faulkner, Larger Than Life, The Brit Hoolas, 21st Century Beatnik, Big Wednesday, Jason Faulkner, Mattie and Ben, Dan Money, Mike Myler, Zsolt Marx, Dom Lyne.
Son of Dork
Having previously worked with the likes of Busted, Mark Owen and Blue to name a but few, ex guitar student Chris Leonard has added to his already impressive portfolio of work by landing a top gig with rock/pop outfit Son of Dork.

S.O.D are the new band of ex Busted member James Bourne and have taken the pop world by storm! They already have two Top 10 smash hits under their belt - debut single ‘Ticket Outta Loserville’ and the follow up 'Eddie's Song'. At the recent T4/Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, one of the biggest events in pop, Son of Dork claimed the ‘Hot New Talent’ award.

Visit www.sonofdork.com for more information on Chris and the rest of the band.
Kubb
Big things are happening for another ex guitar student Adj Buffone and his band Kubb.

In recent months the band have had a top 25 single ‘Wicked Soul’, released their highly anticipated debut album, 'Mother', and supported Starsailor on tour. They have also been included in the BBC's prestigious Sounds of 2006 list. Their forthcoming single, 'Grow', is being championed by Radio 1 and 2 and is set to catapult the band into the big time.

For more information, log on to www.kubbmusic.co.uk.
Ben King
Former guitar student, Ben King, has landed an amazing gig as lead guitarist with the legendary The Yardbirds. The band are famous for laying the groundwork for rock guitar as we know it, having graduated three of the greats of rock guitar: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

Ben has stunned everyone in the band with his unbelievable natural gifts and feel for their music. He replaces former lead guitarist Jerry Donahue.

For more information on the band check out www.theyardbirds.com. Rock on, Ben!

Season’s End
Former ACM students and operatic rockers Season’s End, have just released their debut album, The Failing Light, and are receiving rave reviews in Kerrang! and an upcoming feature in Metal Hammer magazine.

The band recently played to their largest audience to date on the Bloodstock 2005 Festival’s main stage. Kerrang! gave the following review of the set: “with scores of hangover victims getting right back on their horses and medicating themselves with hair of the dog, it’s not exactly the ideal setting for Hampshire Goth metellers Season’s End to be stealing the show with a jaw dropping display of beautiful, elegant dark hymns. But that’s just what they do, and by God they do it well.”

Check out www.seasons-end.com for more information on the band.

Reuben
Rock outfit Reuben features ACM Music Production graduate Guy Davis. The band, who are the darlings of MTV2, are building up a reputation as one of rock's bright new things.

So far the band have released two albums to critical acclaim, 'Racecar is Racecar Backwards' and 'Very Fast Very Dangerous'. They were also nominated for a Kerrang Best Newcomer award and have had 3 singles of the week on Radio 1. Rock on!

Luke Ashworth
Having won the DJ category of the Diesel U Music Awards and completed a tour of UK universities, DJ graduate Luke Ashworth has a busy time coming up.

He is lined up to play a number of gigs with the Moochin Allstars. He has also become a resident at Evolve nightclub where he plays his trademark house/ breaks and electro. As part of the producion duo, LACE, Luke has got together with up and coming producer Sigma to co-produce two tracks which have been given the support of drum 'n' bass giants Pendulumn amongst others.

Luke Spurrell
Ex ACM bass student Luke Spurrell has landed a top gig with Inner Mantra, the new band of legendary ex Skunk Anansie guitarist Ace. The band are releasing an EP in download form soon.

Check out www.innermantra.com for all the latest information and news. Congratulations Luke. Rock on!

Kenneth Jonsson
Congratulations to former ACM rock guitarist and member of The Citadel Kenneth Jonsson who has received a prestigious endorsement from ESP guitars and Randall amps.

Kenneth has played with various bands and artists during his time as a guitarist including members from the Brand New Heavies and rock legend Pete Friesen.

Check out www.kennethjonsson.com for more information.

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