A MUSIC scheme aimed at developing future talent has failed to find any in Southampton.

The 'Future Bubblers' programme is run by world music aficionado Gilles Peterson and aims to unearth future stars.

As previously reported the broadcaster and producer, who co-founded the Acid Jazz label in 1986 signing acts like the Brand New Heavies, secured an £89,000 Arts Council England funding bid to help develop Southampton’s unsigned talent.

Now in its third year Southampton was chosen along with Liverpool as a "focus city" with a year long programme of workshops, training and events to help develop young musicians.

But now the list of ten hopefuls has been released - and none of them are from Southampton.

A spokesperson for the scheme said: "The chosen ten come from an open call for submissions from across England, seeking out music creators in tune with the Bubblers ethos.

"Rooted in underground, alternative music culture, the brief was wide open: outside-the-box bands, singers or producers, with inspirations spanning continents, genres and eras.

"This year’s two focus cities are Liverpool and Southampton, and there’s a strong representation from the former.

"It taps into the logic behind the focus cities: the more opportunities there are for local, open-minded music makers, the more that alternative, experimental music culture will flourish in those areas.

They added: "We tried to encourage people as much as possible and we do look an applications from focus cities with a favourable eye but sadly we weren't able to find a candidate that was a fit".