Final call before Surface Festival begins!

In February 2011 the Surface Festival will be kicking off in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Swansea, Nottingham, Oxford, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and Barcelona. Over 500 shows will be held between February and October 2011. If you want to get involved you need to be quick. Applications will only be vetted until 31st January!

To apply visit the website where you can find a sign-up form.

With a prize pot of £100,000 including a slot at Sziget Festival, bands and artists get the opportunity to progress further in the music industry.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” – Alex Baker; Kerrang Radio Unsigned show.

The climax of the Festival will culminate with 21 bands playing the IndigO2 at the O2 Complex – a venue which has seen acts such as Jools Holland, Timbaland, Joss Stone and Estelle to name a few. Dominic Nicholls, music photographer, explains “Surface gives bands the chance to play the type of venues that most bands only dream of when they’ve ‘made it’ – add to the expertise Surface offers in terms of lighting and sound management, PR and exposure and you’re looking at an opportunity that’s too good to miss”.

Surface Festival events are set out by genre providing opportunities for bands and artists to gain exposure from new audiences, sell merchandise, promote networking opportunities and attract new fans.

The Surface Festival was a fantastic experience for us, an unforgettable journey through many rounds at different venues. The ultimate prize and ultimate goal was to perform at the  IndigO2. The chance to play at this incredible venue gave you a real sense of achievement and a wonderful feeling that will stay with us for a long time. The Surface crew(s) were helpful, friendly and always very supportive which made the whole experience just that little bit better. Thank you guys for an amazing opportunity.” Loaded Dice.

For a list of further testimonials from bands that have played the Surface Festival check the website.

The Surface Festival works in association with 24 international sponsors that cover all bases for a band.

Marshall’s Joel Manan: “Marshall are extremely excited to be working with the Surface Festival for 2011. This event is truly inspiring for all involved.”

Ashdown’s Dan Gooday: “Ashdown have supported Surface from the start, it is a great event that provides bands with unprecedented opportunities. We’re really looking forward to working with them again in 2011.” 

Ents24’s Adele Taylor, the UK’s biggest entertainment guide: “It’s great to see the Surface Festival return with some fresh ideas for 2011. We’re really looking forward to working with them in 2011.”

D’Addario ‘s Elaine Smith: “We are very excited about working with Surface again for the next year as they have BIG ideas!”

Guitar Nation’s John Hill, the UK’s largest guitar exhibition: “Surface Festival has provided bands with great opportunities over the past years. The winning band of 2011 will play on Guitar Nation’s main stage. We can’t wait to find out which band it will be.”

Creative Junkie Media ‘s Phil Berridge: “Surface Festival provides me with the opportunity to work with new and upcoming bands/artists which I may have never discovered without Surface Festival. The credibility of the festival and the other sponsors is so high, it will be great.”

Other Surface Festival sponsors include Zimbalam – one of the largest digital distributers in the world, PMT music stores, Jumbocruiser Tour Buses, Tama Drum Kits, Sziget Fest – one of Europe’s largest music festivals, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans drum heads, – world-wide music recommendation service, Ibanez quality guitars, CheckMineOut T-shirts and merchandise, – gig exchange service, Dominic Nicholls Photography, Planet Waves accessories, Ritter Bags, Univibe Audio recording provision, Band.seo-it-right – an online marketing service, and Quite Great music PR. 

Leon Van Den Broecke, U.K. manager for Surface Festival explains: “The deadline for entry into the 2011 Festival is 31st January 2011. You can still apply after the deadline however Surface Festival cannot guarantee that your application will be vetted. Only back-up slots will be filled. To ensure your application will be considered you must apply before 31st January 2011! We already have some amazing bands booked on. We’re really looking forward to the shows kicking off in February!”

To apply to the Festival 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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