Semi-Finals are going to be BIG!

With a record number of entries this year the Surface Festival 2011 has seen some of the best unsigned, independent, new and emerging acts from the across the UK and Europe. With the semi-finals just around the corner the best gigs of Surface Festival 2011 are almost upon us. This is going to be big; so don’t miss it!

The remaining acts at the semi-finals will battle it out to get the chance to first play at their Regional Final and then the International Showcase at the O2 World in London in front of a 2,500 capacity crowd and our panel of music industry judges.

For details of the semi-finalists and final events take a look at our Gig Guide Section:
http://www.surfacefestival.com/gigGuideAndResults.html

If you can’t make it to the event/s 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: http://www.surfacefestival.com/gigGuideAndResults.html

UK manager, Leon Van Den Broecke says: “The 2011 Festival has surpassed all expectations and the quality of bands has been fantastic. For the bands that have reached the semi-finals this is a major achievement. They are entering a big stage in Surface Festival, they are at arms length of playing the 02 in London. I am really looking forward to watching some of the UK’s best unsigned and independent bands again in the Semis, I can’t wait to see which bands will pull out all the stops and make it through to the next stage.”

The best bands of the Festival will get to play at the International Showcase at the world-renowned O2-World 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.

The prize list has been updated to include bigger and better prizes than ever before:

1st Place
•A slot at Sziget Festival 2012: 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
•T-Shirt Merch – 100 T-shirts, 3 colour screen print courtesy of Check Mine Out

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
•T-Shirt Merch – 75 T-shirts, 2 colour screen print courtesy of Check Mine Out

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
•T-Shirt Merch – 50 T-shirts, 1 colour screen print courtesy of Check Mine Out

For further info visit www.surfacefestival.com

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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, Ents24.com, 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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