It’s All About the Song in our newly-launched contest

IN TUNE Ed Gibson and Ellie Jones, who won last year's competition The Singer and the Song.
IN TUNE Ed Gibson and Ellie Jones, who won last year's competition The Singer and the Song.
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IF your singing talent extends beyond the odd tune in the shower, and you fancy yourself as a songwriter, we want to hear from you.

The News has teamed up with the Portsmouth Festivities, The Cellars at Eastney, The Wedgewood Rooms and Express FM to run the All About the Song competition, as part of this year’s festival programme.

All About The Song

All About The Song

Heats will run throughout June at The Cellars at Eastney, where a panel of expert judges – including industry professionals – will select six acts to perform in the live final at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea on June 22.

The competition is open to all unsigned acoustic performers of original material within the PO postcode area.

Steve Pitt, the owner of The Cellars, said: ‘The Cellars has always treated the art of songwriting with the utmost respect, so this competition is the perfect fit for us.

‘We have held its forerunner for the past six years and seen it go from strength to strength. It’s good to have a real showcase for local talent that goes beyond battle of the bands-style contests.’

Tobin Prinz

Tobin Prinz

Samantha Worsey, general manager of Portsmouth Festivities said: ‘This competition is all about supporting local artists and helping them on their journey in the music industry. We’re delighted to be a part of it.’

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, added: ‘We know there are a lot of talented people out there and we’re looking forward to hearing what you can do.’

The overall winner will receive a package of prizes to help develop their career Including:

· One day in a professional recording studio with producer Tobin Prinz from DFA Records and Universal Music

· The opportunity to record and mix at least two songs

· The chance to perform at Kings Theatre’s Children in Need Gala, The News We Can Do It Awards and The Guide awards

· A trophy

Entrants must have at least five tracks of their own material and be available to perform at the final. Anyone wanting to take part should email to express an interest by Friday, May 9.