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.
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.
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.”
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.