Hampshire County Council's award winning music service is looking for the best young rock bands in Hampshire. If you've got what it takes to play to the crowd and want to get your band heard, why not enter the Hampshire Music Service Battle of the Bands 2014?
The contest includes the opportunity to play at a major venue to a live audience and a panel of professionals to find the overall best band. Bands taking part in the competition will get the opportunity to perform live and receive recognition for their musical talents with advice from professional musicians.
Closing date for entries to this exciting competition is Friday 3 January 2014 and it is open to young people who will be under 17 on 31 July 2014.
All you need to do is email an MP3 file of one song, either a cover song or original material, to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a CD to Hampshire Music Service, Rookwood Centre, Penshurst Way, Eastleigh, SO50 4RJ.
You will need to include the name of your band, individual band members' names and which instrument they play, details of your school, college or youth centre and your contact details. Studio quality recording is not necessary - raw talent is enough.
Bands that are shortlisted will go through to the second round of the competition which involves playing at a live heat in the spring of 2014. The winners of each live heat will then go through to the spectacular final in the summer to play at a venue to a panel of professional musicians who will judge the overall best band.
Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council';s Executive Member for Education, said: "This is a great opportunity for a young band to take advantage of professional advice and play at a major venue to a live audience. I urge bands to send their songs to the Music Service as soon as possible - we want to hear you! Who knows, it could be the first steps on the road to budding music career!"
The Battle of the Bands has taken place since 2011 to give young bands in Hampshire a chance to perform live. The competitions run all over the country but this is not part of a national scheme. Previous participants have gone on to appear at festivals, concerts and venues, including the Music For Youth Series which can result in ensembles playing at the Albert Hall.
Hampshire Music Service provides a comprehensive music education service for all young people in Hampshire. Its work includes: