Can you sing? Can you write? Then It’s All About the Song

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THE hunt is on to find the best new local singing and songwriting talent.

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.

Heats will run throughout June at The Cellars at Eastney, where a panel of expert judges 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.

The overall winner will receive a package of prizes to help develop their career including a day in a professional recording studio with producer Tobin Prinz from DFA Records, the opportunity to record and mix at least two songs, and the chance to perform at Kings Theatre’s Children in Need Gala, The News We Can Do It Awards and The Guide awards.

Entrants must have at least five tracks of their own material and be available to perform at the final. Email outsiderartistsinc@ by Friday, May 9.