Yes, today is the kick-off for Surface Festival 2011! From today onwards bands and artists of all kinds of genres, backgrounds and abilities will be performing across the UK and Europe with the aim to make it to the International Showcase at the world-renowned O2-complex in London. The best bands/artists of the Festival will receive prizes worth over £100,000.
Having received over 15,000 applications for this year’s Festival expectations are higher than ever. Leon Van Den Broecke, UK manager for Surface Festival, who has been involved in vetting applications, is extremely excited: “The quality of bands this year is better than ever. Everyone is very enthusiastic and excited to get started; I’m confident we will see lots of fantastic bands emerge in this year’s Festival.”
The schedule is jam-packed and full of action, with gigs being held in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cardiff, Swansea and Barcelona. There are some great events lined up of some superb unsigned, independent and new bands and artists.
Line-ups can be found on the official Surface Festival website in the Gig Guide section: www.surfacefestival.com/gigGuideResults.html
If you can’t make it to the shows you can vote for your favourite band/s via text vote. Text vote lines open today (1/02/2011). Simply go to the Surface website’s Gig Guide section, where line-ups and text vote numbers are listed. Full details on how to text vote are displayed at the top of the page: www.surfacefestival.com/gigGuideResults.html
In 2010 Great Imitation, a Hip-Hop/Alternative/Pop outfit from Leicester won Surface Festival. They were chosen from over 12,000 entries and have progressed massively since the event. Check out their testimonial about the Festival:
“Surface Festival has snowballed our band in the right direction – the experience has completely blown us away, it’s been a great way to help showcase our band to the music industry. We have made some amazing friends and played some legendary venues. Surface Festival has taught us how to self manage our band which we feel is so important to know with the music industry being so hard to crack these days – it’s truly transformed our band into professionals, the festival really educates a band on how to make it in the music industry.
Each round showcased us to packed audiences and new fans, every time we got through seemed to generate more interest and support, our local papers and radio stations got excited about the Festival and ran features on each round, by the final at the O2 in London we had huge support and since we won its snowballed almost out of control. The prizes have been unbelievable; we went on 3 day tour on a Jumbo Cruiser luxury tour bus which was out of this world, we did a photo shoot with a great photographer (Dominic Nicholls) and we will be flying out to Budapest to play Sziget Festival in August which, we can’t wait to play such a world renowned festival, we are about to go and record an e.p with Univibe professional recording studios which will include a single and video with Creative Junkie Media which we will release with Zimbalam online distribution, with PR from Last FM, Believe Digital and Quite Great pr in the summer 2011.
Since the Surface win we were featured on midlands BBC introducing alongside Professor Green and Marina and the Diamonds. Kerrang radio featured us as there unsigned artist of the week, we’ve been offered some great gigs, had features in all our local papers and music magazines, we have gained 700+ fans on our Facebook, BBC Introducing show (The Beat) have agreed to back us with the first air of our single and a live video set for their website and idol magazine will feature our video on their online magazine. All this has happened due to the Surface Festival which just proves this festival is a must for any aspiring band.
Even since we won the guys at Surface HQ have been amazingly helpful with advice and support. They really help you to try and make the most of the prizes won, they give you everything that a record label could give you to showcase your band. The Surface package has given us some unbelievable experiences and everything we need to try and make it in the music industry, it’s also given a us more than a taste of what it is like to be a rock star. I can’t recommend this event enough to unsigned artists and bands.”
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