More prizes than ever for Surface 2011!

Bands and artists from across the UK and Europe are gearing up to showcase their music and creativity by entering Surface Festival 2011 which offers more than £100,000 in prizes.

Surface Festival and their 23 international sponsors have pulled out all the stops this year to offer more prizes than ever before. The prize pool has increased from £60,000 last year to a whopping £100K for 2011! Surface Festival say: “We’ve been working really hard to cover all bases for bands with the sponsors we’ve got involved and the prizes on offer for 2011. 2011 is going to be massive.”

The pan-European Surface Festival will be commencing in February 2011. Over 500 shows will be running across Europe, culminating in an international showcase at the globally recognized 02 complex in London. At this final event the best bands of the festival perform in front of an invited industry panel, who will award the best bands with prizes. 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 invited to Surface Festival events. Names have included Jon Brookes from The Charlatans, Warner Music, Weekender Records and MAS records to name a few. For a full list of past and present industry guests visit the website here>

To be in with a chance of winning and to see the full festival details along with an entry form see

The following prizes are on offer:

1st Place

•A slot at Sziget Festival 2011: Travel and accommodation included
•A slot at Guitar Nation
•Professional one-day video shoot including edit courtesy of Creative Junkie Media
•Marshall rig courtesy of Marshall Amplification
•Ashdown rig (ABM C210T-500 EVO III) courtesy of Ashdown
•Tailor made PR campaign for the release of a single in the UK as well as marketing advice to help drive sales courtesy of Quite Great Communications
•Digital distribution contract with Zimbalam Digital
•Sales promotion from Believe Digital
•Online banner marketing package from Believe Digital
•European and UK online PR package from Believe Digital
•UK radio plugging package from Believe Digital
•40 hours multi-track recording from Univibe Audio (Pro Tools HD)
•A 4 day (3 gigs) UK tour courtesy of Jumbocruiser
•Individual one-track/single deal from Believe Digital
•Professional full day studio or location photo shoot courtesy of Dominic Nicholls Photography
•4 Pairs of Travis Barker Zildjian Artist Series Drumsticks courtesy of Zildjian
•Silver Organic Search Engine Optimisation package / Blog package courtesy of Band SEO
•Marketing via ents24 website (1.3 million unique visitors per month) plus e-shot promotion to an estimated half a million music fans courtesy of ents24
•P.M.T. are providing a special “custom” prize for the winning band

2nd Place

•Marshall combo courtesy of Marshall Amplification
•Tama Superstar drum kit courtesy of Tama
•Steve Gadd Cymbal Bag courtesy of Zildjian
•Zildjian 20 A Custom ride, 16 A Custom crash, 18 A Custom crash, 14 A Custom Mastersound hats
courtesy of Zildjian
•4 Pairs of Travis Barker Zildjian Artist Series Drumsticks courtesy of Zildjian
•Top end guitar courtesy of Ibanez
•Guitar Case courtesy of Ritter
•A 4 day (3 gigs) UK tour courtesy of Jumbocruiser
•Individual one-track/single deal from Believe Digital

3rd Place

•Marshall combo courtesy of Marshall Amplification
•15 x sets of D’Addario XL strings, 15 x sets of D’Addario bass strings, Planet Waves S.O.S. guitar tuner, Planet Waves S.O.S. bass tuner, 5 x Planet Waves instrument cables, Planet Waves capo, Evans tom pack (3 tom heads), Evans snare head and an Evans drum key courtesy of Planet Waves, D’Addario, and Evans
•4 Pairs of Travis Barker Zildjian Artist Series Drumsticks courtesy of Zildjian
•A 4 day (3 gigs) UK tour courtesy of Jumbocruiser
•Individual one-track/single deal from Believe Digital

Surface Festival stress:
“If you want to get involved, get your application in as quickly as possible! The deadline is 31st January 2011 and the event WILL sell out!”

To apply to the Surface Festival and for further info visit


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About surfacefestival

The Surface Festival is a European live music event. We are a festival of new music held throughout Europe in aid of discovering and promoting new talent. Surface Festival 11, is working in association with Zimbalam, Marshall,, Last.FM, Ashdown, Planet Waves, D'Addario, PMT, Tama, Zildjian, Shure, Univibe, Dominic Nicholls Photography, Guitar Nation, Ibanez, Band SEO, Quite Great P.R., Ritter, Sziget Fest, Jumbocruiser, Gig the Nation and Oxjam to develop alternative ways for band and artists to gain exposure and develop their fan base. 2011 In 2011 events will be held in cities throughout the U.K. and Europe. For band and artists that reach the final stages of the Festival, both Surface Festival and our sponsors will award with prizes and opportunities in excess of £100,000.
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