Regional Showcases

After literally hundreds of great nights of new, emerging, independent and unsigned music up and down the U.K. and Europe the Regional Showcases of Surface Festival 2011 are now just around the corner. These shows will be some of the best gigs of Surface Festival 2011 in the best venues across the U.K. and Europe.

U.K. 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. We are really looking forward to the Regionals – for the bands this is a major achievement, they are entering a big stage in Surface Festival, they are one step away from playing the 02 in London.”

At the Regional Showcases the remaining acts will battle it out to get the chance to play at the International Showcase at the 02 in London in front of a capacity crowd and our panel of music industry judges. 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. Our homepage has now been updated with information about the International Showcase:

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. For a list of prizes visit

For full details of the Regional Showcases take a look at our Gig Guide Section:


– Events Billing 1: Friday 19th August 2011 @ Academy 3 MAINSTAGE, 99 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 7EL.
Doors open: 19:30

Age Restrictions: 14+

– Events Billing 2: Saturday 20th August 2011 @ Academy 3 MAINSTAGE, 99 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 7EL.

Doors open: 19:00

Age Restrictions: 14+

– Events Billing 3: Sunday 21st August 2011 @ Academy 3 MAINSTAGE, 99 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 7EL.

Doors open: 18:30

Age Restrictions: 14+


Sunday 28th August 2011 @ O2 Academy Birmingham MAINSTAGE, 16-18 Horsefair, Bristol Street, B1 1DB.

Doors open: 12:00

Age Restrictions: Under 14’s to be accompanied by an adult.


Saturday 3rd September 2011 @ The Fleece MAINSTAGE, 12 St. Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JJ

Doors open: 16:30

Age Restrictions: 14+


Saturday 3rd September 2011 @ Sala de conciertos MAINSTAGE: Sala Salamandra, Av. Carrilet, 235 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona.

Doors open: 16:00

Age Restrictions: 16+


Sunday 4th September 2011 @ O2 Academy Islington MAINSTAGE, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, Islington, N1 0PS.

Doors open: 11:30

Age Restrictions: 14+


Saturday 10th September 2011 @ The Coal Exchange MAINSTAGE, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5EB
Doors open: 14:00

Age Restrictions: 14+


Sunday 11th September 2011 @ The Classic Grand MAINSTAGE, 18 Jamaica Street, Glasgow, Glasgow City, G1 4QD.

Doors open: 17:45

Age Restrictions: 14+


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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