The 2011 season of the Surface Festival is already looking to be the biggest year on record. With over 8,000 applications from bands and musicians from all over the UK and Europe already registered, and still 3 more months until the Festival begins, industry hype surrounding the Surface Festival is spreading.
In 2011 the Surface Festival will be doing 500 shows across 14 cities in the UK and Europe. Showcases will take place in London, Portsmouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Barcelona and Budapest. Local industry guests are invited to shows in each area. The International Showcase takes place at the internationally recognized 02 complex in London, at which the best bands of the Festival perform in front of an invited industry panel.
Alex Baker from the Kerrang Radio Unsigned Show, who sits on the panel, explains: “The Surface Festival gives bands a genuine opportunity to get their music in front of people in the industry that can help further their careers. The prizes offered for the winning band and runners up are just fantastic and the experience all the bands gain from playing larger venues is priceless.”
A host of industry guests are listed on the Surface Festival website. Names include Jon Brookes from The Charlatans, Warner Music, Weekender Records and MAS records to name a few.
Steve Stoker from 2010 band Twister describes his experience: “I would like to say that Twister have found the Festival this year as the highlight of their band career so far. We have been able to play at the some of best venues across the country and worked and met with some great people from the Industry.”
Jon Brookes from The Charlatans, who has been involved in the Festival from its beginnings, recently stated in his blog: “Surface continues to act like a giant music magnet finding exciting ground breaking new acts. It re-energizes the inner cities searching out new talent. The prizes and industry weight of the various associate sponsors shows the level at which this festival is now held in the industry.”
With some amazing venues booked for 2011, including the O2 in London, globally well-renowned sponsors giving the event credibility, and more prizes than ever on offer, this is an event not to be missed.
For further info and to apply to the Surface Festival see www.surfacefestival.com