CHESTER Rocks is on the lookout for the hottest new bands in the area.
The organisers of the music festival have announced plans to showcase local talent on its alternative stage during the festival weekend.
Local musical talent will have the chance to appear on the same bill as some of the biggest names in the music industry.
The two-day outdoor music festival takes place at Chester Racecourse on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, with artists ranging from punk legend Iggy Pop to pop superstar Taio Cruz.
The new festival looks likely to become an integral part of the European summer musical calendar.
Festival director Mark Cowley, who is a competition judge, said: “This competition has come about because of the overwhelming response we’ve had from local musicians and bands in the area who wanted to get involved with Chester Rocks.
“We also feel it’s important to showcase the range of talent that exists in the area. We are on the lookout for young, up-and-coming performers to join us on this amazing bill. So don’t worry if you think your demo sounds rough.”
Organisers are looking for artists to perform on both days, so as long as you fit between the indie-pop genre get in touch.
The stages will be run in conjunction with Dawsons, Dee FM and Bido Lito magazine.ŠThe judging panel will include Sam Salisbury, Farida guitars brand manager from Dawsons Music, Shane Pinnington from Dee 106.3, Chester Rocks festival director Mark Cowley, BBC Radio Merseyside’s Dave Monks, Bido Lito! magazine editor Craig Pennington, Tom Byrne of Juice FM, music PR Lisa Southern and Emma Fox of the Arts Council.
To enter you have to be an unsigned act, be able to play a live set lasting 20 minutes and have a three-track CD which includes at least one original song.
If you are interested in taking part, send a CD, short biography and contact details to Mark Cowley, The Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY. The closing date is Tuesday, May 3.