Surface Festival 2012

It’s official – Surface Festival 2012 has now kicked off across Europe and this year is the biggest year on record!! For up to the minute updates follow us on Facebook at

2012 will see Surface Festival rolling out the first European tours involving bands handpicked by our area managers. Alongside these European tours we will be hosting over 600 shows across major cities in the UK and Europe. New areas will include Berlin, Huelva, Seville, Cádiz, Córdoba, Málaga, Jaén, Granada and Almería as well as Barcelona, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford, Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol and London. The International Showcase will take place at the internationally recognized 02 complex in London, at which the best bands of the Festival will play in front of an invited industry panel. This year the panel will consist of major music industry bods like Jon Brookes (The Charlatans) and Alex Baker (Kerrang Radio).

Alex Baker from the Kerrang Radio Unsigned Show, explains: “Surface Festival gives bands a genuine opportunity to get their music in front of people in the industry that can help further their careers. 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.”

Liquid Fuse describe the experience: “Surface Festival has been one of the best things that has happened to us so far – it’s given us the opportunity to play at venues we wouldn’t otherwise be able to play at right now, given us exposure to people in the industry, and helped us cross over with other bands and fans. It forces you to look critically at every part of your band (your music, your image, your performance, your promotion) and as you build momentum through the stages and play progressively bigger venues, you and your fans begin to feel a sense of collective achievement and pride that really fires everyone up. You’ll come out of it a better band than when you started.” For a full list of testimonials see:

Jon Brookes from The Charlatans, who has been involved in the Festival from its beginnings, recently stated in his blog: “Surface continues to act like a giant music magnet finding exciting ground breaking new acts. It re-energizes the inner cities searching out new talent. The prizes and industry weight of the various associate sponsors shows the level at which this festival is now held in the industry.”

With amazing venues booked for 2012, including the O2 in London, globally world-renowned sponsors, and more prizes than ever on offer, Surface Festival 2012 will be an amazing experience for everyone involved. For further info and to apply to Surface Festival see


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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