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Hampshire Music Service

Calling All Budding Rock Stars…

…for the Battle of the Bands 2012

The County Council’s award winning music service is on the lookout for young rock music talent to headline at the Hampshire Welcomes the World festival next July, one of many events taking place across the county as part of the Cultural Olympiad marking the 2012 Olympics.

Closing date for entries to this exciting competition is 16 December 2011. All you need to do is email an MP3 file of one song to or send a CD (with one track only) to:

Battle of the Bands 2012
Hampshire Music Service
Rookwood Centre
Penshurst Way
SO50 4RJ

The contest is open to young people aged 11-18 from South East Hampshire (Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hedge End, Horndean, Locksheath, Portchester, Titchfield, Waterlooville). You need to include the name of your band, individual band members’ names and which instruments they play, details of your school, college, or youth centre if you go to one, and your email address.

Bands shortlisted will go through to the second round of the competition which involves playing at one of four live heats in the Spring of 2012. The winners of each live heat will then take part in the Hampshire Music Service Rock Day: to prepare them for the next stage they will get coaching from experts in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, performance and stage presence.

Round three of the contest is the Grand Final at Ferneham Hall, Fareham on 5 May, 2012 where all four heat winners will each play a set to a panel of music industry insiders who will choose the overall best band. The winners will play at the Festival next summer and win a recording session at East Street Studio in Havant.

Councillor Roy Perry, Hampshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services said, This is a great opportunity for a young band to take advantage of professional advice and then record at a professional recording studio, not to mention grand standing at a festival event which is part of Hampshire’s celebration marking the 2012 Olympics. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity so I’d urge bands to get their songs to Hampshire Music Service as soon as possible. Who knows it could be the first steps on the road to Rock History!”

For further information please contact Dean Hallett by e-mail: or telephone: 023 8065 2037.


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