We’re giving musicians a chance to shine

Music fans at the Wedgewood Rooms, which will host the final of The Singer and The Song
Music fans at the Wedgewood Rooms, which will host the final of The Singer and The Song

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Are YOU a singer or in a band? Do you write your own material?

Or does all this sound like something for someone you know?

It can be hard for up-and-coming young bands and artists to get into the music industry, so we’ve teamed up with Portsmouth Festivities to launch The Singer And The Song, a competition for young musicians aged 17 to 25 .

From today, bands and solo artists can upload their videos and sound files to YouTube to compete in this fantastic contest.

The top eight acts, chosen by our readers and a panel of expert judges, will then go through to perform in a live final at the Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road on June 23 – appearing on the same stage that has played host to such stars as Oasis and Jake Bugg.

On the night, each act must perform three songs written by themselves. They’ll be judged on both the quality of the songwriting and the performance.

Judges will include representatives from The News, the Wedgewood Rooms, Wave 105 and other industry professionals.

The overall winner they agree on will receive a prize package that includes:

* A professional photoshoot with Blitz photography in Gosport

* Their song played on Wave 105

* The chance to perform at The News We Can Do It Awards and The Guide Awards

* A trophy to mark their success

Samantha Worsey, general manager of Portsmouth Festivities, says: ‘This is a great opportunity for aspiring young musicians to showcase their work.

‘We’re so looking forward to hearing some of the musical talent in the area. The lucky winner will be offered a fantastic package of prizes, which we hope will give them opportunity to develop and grow as an artist in the music industry.’

Look out for details of how to vote for your favourite, and how to get tickets to the live final, in the coming weeks in The News.

How to enter

You must be aged 17 to 25, unsigned, and living in The News circulation area. You must also have at least three tracks of your own material and be available to perform in the live final at the Wedgewood Rooms on June 23.

Simply upload a video or sound file of your best song to YouTube and then e-mail the link, along with your name, address, age and a daytime contact number, to features@thenews.co.uk by midnight on May 17, 2013.