UNSIGNED performers have a chance to shine on the big stage at Mid Cheshire’s only live music festival.
Organisers of Whatfest ’09 are holding a battle of the bands competition in late April and May.
Finalists will play live on the main stage alongside the region’s most popular bands.
Whatfest ’09, at Shipbrook Hill Farm, Whatcroft, near Rudheath, is three-day festival, starting on July 17, offering an array of live music acts, hot food and licensed bar, entertainment and camping.
The battle of the bands heats are over seven weeks at the Pillar of Salt pub, Leftwich, starting on Saturday, April 25.
Organiser Simon Bennett: “Last year’s Whatfest was amazing and we’re returning bigger and better!
“The Pillar is the musical hotspot in Northwich, so it seemed natural to hold it there.”
Andy Bernstein, singer Beverley Knight’s former tour manager with more than 20 years experience in the industry, will be among the judges.
Already signed up to headline the festival, expected to attract between 3,000 and 5,000 fans this year, are Northwich heroes The Shallow Call and Liverpool’s China Crisis.
Tickets for Whatfest ’09 are available from the festival website with prices starting from £10 per night. For ticket and camping details, see www.whatfest.co.uk.