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Battle of the Bands Heats Up!

The heat is on for bands hoping to play Bedford’s bi-annual River Festival, with the first qualifier in a new  ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition starting next week on Monday 16th April.

 

The Festival, which is organised by Bedford Borough Council, has historically produced music performances throughout the weekend that draw some of the biggest crowds.

 

Local acts must compete for a place in the final by playing three songs. The winning three bands or acts will be informed on the night if they have  progressed through and will be in with the chance to play one of two available slots on the main stage over the weekend of 21st and 22nd July.

 

Two qualification heats will be held at the Corn Exchange on Monday 16th and Monday 30th April (7pm start), followed by the final in Russell Park on Monday 4th June as part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

 

At the final, the judging panel will determine which two acts will win a slot on the main stage. The remaining four acts will automatically win a place on the community stage at the Festival.

 

Councillor Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said; “Opportunities to perform at the River Festival are always limited and demand is now at such a level that running a Battle of the Bands competition will ensure that the bands selected for the main stage truly represent the high calibre of local artists. This competition will undoubtedly ensure that  this is the biggest and best River Festival yet, and another reason to come and enjoy a Great Summer in Bedford Borough!”  

 

Tickets to watch the qualifying heats cost £2 on the door.

 

Acts playing on Monday 16th April are as follows;

 

Outvoted

Hand me the Receiver

The Scruff

EnvyFour

Joy Radio

PistonZ

Albany Down

Filthy Visuals

Recover

All Star Zero

OmniVibes

K_A_I_N

 

Bedford Borough Council will also be working in conjunction with local business Rock City Art, who will be running a music photography competition alongside the battle of the bands event. Please visit http://www.rockcityart.com/ for further details on how to enter the photography competition.

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