Festival slot up for grabs as five battle to be famous

Jerry Williams competes in Road To Blissfields at the Wedge tomorrow.
Jerry Williams competes in Road To Blissfields at the Wedge tomorrow.
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Five local bands will battle it out for a slot at one of the south’s favourite festivals at the Wedgewood Rooms this weekend.

The Road To Blissfields competition opens tonight at the Southsea venue.

Stretching as far afield as Stoke and Nottingham and including 13 towns and cities, this year’s competition is bigger than ever before.

And the Wedge is opening the contest in style.

Relative newcomer, acoustic artist Jerry Williams, will open the gig, followed by Lucifer’s Gold, Fine Lines, Is Bliss and The Silhouettes.

These five saw off competition from more than 90 applicants based in and around the city, all hoping to see their names on posters next to Bastille and Mystery Jets, who headline Blissfields in July.

Those attending tomorrow will not only see this year’s winners crowned, they will also have the chance to win free tickets to the festival, as well as a few camping essentials.

And, because Blissfields’ theme this year is film, there will be film merchandise giveaways and tickets for screenings courtesy of Vue Cinemas in Gunwharf Quays.

Finally, the night will continue with a film soundtrack clubnight with Guide Award winning DJs Spikey Mark and Will Chump, both of whom will also be DJing at Blissfields this summer.

Doors open at 8pm and entry is free.