Sunrise festival launches competition for aspiring musicians

A music competition has been launched giving bands and DJs across the UK the chance to play at this year’s Sunrise Celebration festival

The competition, titled Sunrise Freedom Sounds, is open until 10 June 2012 and aims to uncover new musical talent, giving bands and DJs a chance to showcase their sound to a wide audience.

Organisers see the festival circuit as a chance for artists to make a name for themselves and the competition as a platform to help provide this opportunity. “With a large portion of the great music around today having their roots planted firmly in the festival circuit, this is a perfect opportunity to shine for anyone interested in taking that first step to notoriety,” said a spokesperson for Sunrise.

The festival itself takes place on 21-24 June in Bruton, Somerset and is host to artists from a wide variety of musical genres from all over the world. This year headline acts include folk supergroup The Imagined Village, the critically acclaimed Eastern European beats of the Warsaw Village Band and DJs including Hong Kong Ping Pong and DJ Cheeba.

Entries are divided into two categories. The first will be for bands, with the winner gaining a slot on the main outdoor Carnival stage and the second is for DJs who will compete for the chance to play on the Solar dance stage.

Those wanting to enter must upload a track to the Sunrise Soundcloud competition group. Once uploaded, the public will be able to listen to tracks and vote for their favourites. The ten most popular entries will go through to the final, where overall winners will be decided by a judging panel consisting of Sunrise staff and professionals from the music industry.

For those who miss out on the performance slots, other prizes will include Soundcloud pro accounts worth £200 a year, a night out at Sunrise backstage and the chance to meet some of the festival performers.