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 2012 are now just around the corner. These shows will be some of the best gigs of Surface Festival 2012 in the best venues across the U.K. and Europe.
U.K. Manager Leon Van Den Broecke explains: “The 2012 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. The International showcase at the O2 London will be our biggest and best show to date. There will be acoustic lounge performances, amazing unsigned mainstage appearances, guest headlining slots and a top-draw backline production including pyrotechnics, full in-house lighting and best of all – a capacity crowd!!”
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. Obey, the winning band from 2011 have just returned from playing Sziget Festival and they had this to say, “Playing the Sziget Festival was probably the best experience ever, an amazing place! The people were sound, weather was hot, beer was cold, there were tonnes of bars and most of all, the gig was awesome. When we got there we were given a backstage area, free food and beer, so that was a pretty good start. When we played the gig we had a great reception from the audience which had everyone from ravers to rockers and metal-heads and they all had a good jig to us, what more could a band from Stoke ask for? After the gig we all went out and made it one to remember!”
To play Surface Festival 2013 simply apply online on our website. We recommend getting your Surface Festival 2013 applications to us ASAP. This year was full and next year is already 60% full. “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 www.surfacefestival.com/prizeList.html
For full details of the Regional Showcases take a look at our Gig Guide Section: www.surfacefestival.com/gigGuideAndResults.html