The search is on for the best in songwriting talent

  • All About The Song is a competition looking for talented songwriters
  • The winners gets recording sessions in London and Italy
  • The deadline for entries is Friday, April 8
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THE search is on to find the best unsung songwriter in the Portsmouth region.

The annual All About The Song competition, now in its eighth year, returns as part of this year’s Portsmouth Festivities and is backed by The News, The Kings Theatre and The Wedgewood Rooms.

There will be five heats at The Edge of The Wedge in Albert Road, Southsea, before the final at The Wedgewood Rooms on the last day of the festivities on June 26.

It is open to all performers of original material within the PO postcode area.

For the first time this year, the winner gets a trip to Italy where they will have the chance to record in an Italian studio.

The winner will also be offered studio time to record their song at the prestigious Air Studios in London with a professional studio engineer/producer on hand to mix the track.

They will then have the chance to talk to Paul Woolf and get some pointers as to how to break into the music industry and to succeed once in.

This prize has once more been kindly donated this year by Paul who is the CEO and co-owner of Air Studios and Strongroom Studios where recent clients include Muse, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons and Ed Sheeran.

He will also be one of the judges on the panel at the final.

Co-organiser Steve Pitt said: ‘It’s really exciting this year – we’ve got the opportunity for someone to have a trip to Italy and record in an Italian studio and they still also get to go up to London and record with Paul Woolf.

‘That’s a massive opportunity for a young unsigned songwriter to get involved and do themselves some real favours for their careers.’

Erica Smith, general manager of Portsmouth Festivities says: ‘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.’

Heats will take place on May 11, 17, 18 and June 13 and 14.

Musicians interested in taking part should email to express their interest.

The closing date for entries is Friday, April 8.

The festivities include more than 100 arts and cultural events across 10 days from June 17 to 26. For information go to