BurySOUND music competition kicks off tonight

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Bury Sound Pre photos''Pictured: ANL-160124-193445009
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The opening heat of Bury SOUND music competition takes place tonight – and the top roster of up-and-coming acts can’t wait to hit the stage.

The prestigious music event, the 18th since it kicked off in 1998, aims to showcase the very best of music in the area, often giving bands their first taste of the spotlight.

Bury Sound Pre photos''Pictured: Code of Conduct - Tom Payne, Tom Dipatri and Jay Vickery ANL-160124-193334009

Bury Sound Pre photos''Pictured: Code of Conduct - Tom Payne, Tom Dipatri and Jay Vickery ANL-160124-193334009

Organiser Seymour Quigley said: “For me the competition aspect is secondary – it is a great way of getting new bands out there, to have a gig in front of an appreciative crowd.

“Of the 15 bands that are playing this year I had never heard of 12 of them.

“That means 12 new bands have emerged recently, which is a great.”

Seymour said there was a diverse mix of music on offer.

Bury Sound Pre photos''Pictured: Blue Kubricks - Jesse Duah, James Duah and Sam Joy ANL-160124-193150009

Bury Sound Pre photos''Pictured: Blue Kubricks - Jesse Duah, James Duah and Sam Joy ANL-160124-193150009

He said: “It is going to be a really varied line-up in every heat with no prevailing genre.

“It is like a miniature John Peel gig.

“By accident, Bury SOUND has become quite an ironic name for the competition.

“There isn’t really a ‘Bury sound’, that’s what is so nice about it.”

Bury Sound Pre photos''Pictured: Bracken - Zacc Bingham, Louis Wheeler, Brad Morse and Alec Jarman ANL-160124-193346009

Bury Sound Pre photos''Pictured: Bracken - Zacc Bingham, Louis Wheeler, Brad Morse and Alec Jarman ANL-160124-193346009

Tonight Blue Kubricks, Echo Tree, Curtis Cronin, Fix and Matty and the Bullsharks will take to the stage in the first of three heats, with a special headline performance by the Machismos.

The event starts at 6pm. Tickets are £5.

For more on BurySOUND and for a full line-up for the heats, visit www.burysound.com.