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
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
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
Tickets to watch the qualifying heats cost £2 on
Acts playing on Monday 16th April are as
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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.