Bradford – Bingley Music Live, billed as the ‘North’s Last Party of the Summer’, has gained a reputation of supporting up-and-coming artists and this year will be no exception.
The Bradford Council-run festival has once again joined forces with The Musician Centre to launch a competition to find the best artists and bands in the region to play at this year’s event.
The winning artists will have the chance to take to the stage and play one of two slots on the main stage and one of two slots on the second stage.
The organisers are looking for outstanding unsigned and under the radar acts to open the festival which takes place in Bingley’s Myrtle Park on the weekend of the 4, 5 and 6 September.
Applications will be whittled down to a shortlist of 24 artists/bands that will be drawn into four heats. They will then perform in front of a panel of judges and one band will go through from each heat to perform at the final. The final four bands will battle it out for the chance to be the opening acts on the main stage and second stage. The closing date for applications is Friday 10 April at 5pm.
Coun Andrew Thornton Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Sport said: “This competition is an excellent opportunity for local unsigned bands and artists to get their music 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 from the Musician Centre said: “We’re delighted to be partnering up with Bingley Music Live again for a second year following a successful competition last year which saw us pick four amazing acts from the 120 applicants. It’s a pleasure to be part of this series events and to help make sure the high quality of the Yorkshire music scene is represented at a superb music festival.”