Like all great things, Stage 1 of Surface Festival 2011 must come to an end.
After many great nights of new, emerging independent and unsigned music up and down the UK and Europe we are now entering Stage 2 of the Festival.
Feedback from bands, venues, sponsors and judges has been extremely positive. UK manager, Leon Van Den Broecke explains: “The 2011 Festival has surpassed all expectations. Not only has the quality of bands been fantastic but their enthusiasm for the event is exceptional. Many of our sponsors, who have attended the shows, have also commented on this.”
The schedule for Stage 2 is jam-packed and full of action; nights 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.
Line-ups can be found on the official Surface Festival website in the Gig Guide section:
If you can’t make it to the event you can vote for your favourite band’s via text vote. 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
The best bands of the Festival will get to play at the International Showcase at the world-renowned O2-complex in London. With a prize pot of £100,000 including an all expenses paid 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.
“Surface Festival has been the most exciting and adventurous thing we have done as of yet!” – Bury The Ladybird
“We first entered the event not knowing what a professional gig was like. But that’s the thing with this Festival. It’s unique in the sense that it gives bands tons of experience. Experience with stage presence, playing on a big stage, having lighting and sound technicians.” – Invalid Confessions
“Having previously played the Surface Festival, we knew just how much fun it could be, with the buzz and excitement kicking in at every round, playing new and major venues, the quality of musicianship is superb (…) You’re in good hands too, with a panel of fine industry minded area managers, who really look after you and make the great experience even better!” – Dirty Voice
“We met some really talented bands, made good friends and most of all had an awesome time!” – Primitai
“The Surface crew 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
“The fact that the Surface Festival organizers provide a full backline, including a full 5-piece drum kit complete with cymbals and hardware, and even guitars and leads if required is a real gift. It makes it a doddle to get to gigs, and setting up a piece of cake, allowing you to devote yourselves 150% to putting on a fantastic show.” – Anaam
“We’ve recommended the Festival to every band we’ve met, as it’s a real opportunity to get to network with other bands, venues, and have a really good time.” – Hold Your Fire!
For further info visit www.surfacefestival.com