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Hunt on for best Yorkshire bands as Bingley Music Live launches its ‘Emerging Talent’ contest

Ahead of announcing this year’s headliners, Bingley Music Live is once again on the hunt for music’s next big thing with the launch of its annual ‘Emerging Talent’ competition.

The Bradford Council-run 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 the chance to play on the same stages as international mega stars.

The Myrtle Park festival has once again teamed up with The Exchange arts venue in Keighley to host the contest which will take place over May and June to find the best artists and bands from across Yorkshire.

The format of the competition remains the same as previous years. Applications will be whittled down to a shortlist of 24 artists/bands 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 at The closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 5 April.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Sport, said: “Last year’s Bingley Music Live was our best ever and the standard of entries to our Emerging talent Competition reflected this.

“The competition is an excellent opportunity for our local unsigned bands and artists to get their music heard by a wider audience. We’ve had some amazing acts come out of this competition in previous years and I’m sure this year will be no exception.

“We have got some really exciting headliners line-up for this year’s festival and we will be making an announcement on this very soon.”

Michael Watmough representing The Exchange said: “It’s always an exciting time of year when the Emerging Talent competition comes round, we’re looking forward to seeing the best music that Yorkshire has to offer.”

Robbie Stuart from Your Illuminations, one of last year’s winning bands, said: “Playing Bingley Music Live was the most exciting and intense experience of our lives so far and was a huge bookmark in our music career, and definitely our best show of 2017.

“I must’ve run 10 miles on that massive stage in the 30 minutes we played. Everybody in that field was having the best time. It was one of the most positive atmospheres we have ever experienced.”

Information about how to apply for the competition can be found at

For more information on the festival, line up and ticket sales visit

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