Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a singer-songwriter?
The chance to prove yourself on stage is back, as The News has once again teamed up with Portsmouth Festivities, The Cellars at Eastney and Express FM for the return of the All About the Song competition.
We are pleased to support this ongoing event within our festivities programmeErica Smith, general manager of Portsmouth Festivities
The contest is a search for the region’s greatest singer-songwriter.
From five heats at The Cellars in Cromwell Road, an expert panel of judges will select six acts to perform in the final at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea.
The competition is open to all unsigned singer-songwriters and acoustic performers of original material within the PO postcode area.
The overall winner will be offered studio time with a professional engineer/producer to record their song at Air Studios in London.
At the end of the day they will have a professionally mixed recording of their song.
They will also be able to pick the brain of studio-owner Paul Woolf and get some pointers as to how to break into the music industry.
Paul is the CEO and co-owner of Air Studios and Strongroom Studio, where recent clients have included musical heavyweights such as Muse, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons and Ed Sheeran.
He will also be one of the judges at the final.
Erica Smith, general manager of Portsmouth Festivities, said: ‘With so much musical talent in this region this competition gives anyone the chance to platform their talents and develop their skills at a live music venue.
‘We are pleased to support this ongoing event within our festivities programme.’
Mark Waldron, editor of The News, added: ‘There was an awful lot of talent on display during last year’s All About the Song.
‘Entrants will really need to raise their game if they want to improve on last year’s competitors.
‘But the vibrancy of the local live scene proves that there are a lot of talented performers out there, and we hope to hear from as many of you as possible.
‘We encourage any singer-songwriters from our patch to get involved as it’s a fantastic prize on offer for the winner.’
Entrants must have at least five tracks of their own material and be available to perform at the final on Sunday, June 28.
Heats will take place on June 1, 2, 15, 18, 22.
Musicians interested in taking part should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for entries is Friday, May 8.
For more information visit thecellars.co.uk