Bingley Music Live is putting its feelers out for music’s next big thing with its annual ‘Emerging Talent’ contest.
The Myrtle Park festival, billed as the ‘North’s Last Party of the Summer’, has gained a reputation of supporting up-and-coming artists. This year will be no exception, as they give unsigned acts a platform to play on the same stages as international platinum-selling artists.
The Bradford Council-run festival has teamed up with The Exchange arts venue in Keighley to host the competition which will take place over April and May to find the best artists and bands in the north of England.
Organisers of the festival, who have recently announced their first wave of acts – Echo & The Bunnymen, Travis, Tinie Tempah and Sigma – are looking for outstanding unsigned acts to open the festival, which takes place on the weekend of 2 and 4 September.
The format of the competition remains the same as previous years, except this year applicants are asked to perform three original tracks plus one David Bowie cover of their choice as a tribute to the music legend who died earlier this year.
Applications will be whittled down to a shortlist of 24 artists/bands that will be drawn into four heats. One act from each heat will go through to play in the final and will be joined by four other acts from across the heats. The eight acts will battle it out in the final and four acts will be selected to play at the festival. All winning acts will be determined by a panel of judges.
Applications are now open with all details of the competition and application forms available from the festival website. The closing date for applications is 7 April.
Coun Imran Khan, Executive Member for Environment and Sport, said: “This competition is an excellent opportunity for many of our local unsigned bands and artists to get their music heard to a wider audience. We have some fantastic talent in the area and I’m sure this year’s competition will unearth the best.”
Michael Watmough representing The Exchange said: “We’re delighted to be partnering up with Bingley Music Live again at The Exchange for what is the third year. It’s a pleasure to be part of this series of events and to help make sure the high quality of the north’s music scene is represented at a superb music festival.”
Tickets for this year’s festival are available from Ticketline via www.bingleymusiclive.com