2018 BurySOUND Music Competition
Early 2018 sees the return of the legendary and enduringly popular BurySOUND Music Competition for its 20th Anniversary. Five heats – each containing five competing bands – will take place during January and February at The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill Arts Centre, and the Grand Final will be held at The Apex on Friday 9th March.
Originally launched in 1998 by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Jackie Smith and local promoter Paul Johnson in the hope that it would instigate a DIY, grass roots contemporary music scene in Bury St Edmunds, BurySOUND is now one of East Anglia’s best-known and longest-running band competitions, endeavouring each year to discover, nurture and promote up and coming musical talent.
Over the years, BurySOUND has showcased more than 200 local artists. Previous winners include HUNTAR (aka Lewis Mokler, currently enjoying huge success with The 1975 and Biffy Clyro’s label Good Soldier Songs) and MISS BLACK AMERICA (who subsequently recorded four sessions for hugely influential Radio One DJ John Peel and were championed by NME, Drownedinsound.com and Rolling Stone magazine).
Bands are judged by a panel of music industry experts; however, the competition aspect is secondary to the thrill of discovering incredible new music in a positive and supportive atmosphere.
Bands can enter BurySOUND 2018 via the official website at http://www.burysound.com/enter East Anglian artists of all ages and genres are welcome to apply. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 3rd November.
The dates for BurySOUND 2018 are:
Heat One – Friday 26th January at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Heat Two – Friday 2nd February at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Heat Three – Friday 9th February at Haverhill Arts Centre
Heat Four – Friday 16th February at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Heat Five – Friday 23rd February at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
GRAND FINAL – Friday 9th March at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
The Grand Final will be headlined by last year’s winners, grunge-surf-punk trio TUNDRA.