Showcase competition is heating up

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The Wedgewood Rooms’ annual Showcase contest steps up a gear with its two semi-finals taking place next week.

The eighth and final heat took place last night, with the winning band now joining an impressive roster of local talent in the next stage.

Already through from the earlier heats are Basis, Capital Fuzz, Kill Kasper, The Bayonettes, KARTEK, The Sixes & Sevens, In the Atlantic and Wasting Arrows. The line-ups for the semi-finals on Wednesday and Thursday had not been released before The Guide went to print.

The final takes place on September 18.

The overall favourite will receive a band start-up package valued at around £1,000.

Tickets are £4 on each of the nights at the Southsea venue and doors open at 8pm. Go to or call (023) 9286 3911.