Songwriters fight for final

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THE best of local songwriting talent will hit the stage at the final of the Bury Songwriter’s Competition as part of this year’s Festival.

The final, being held on May 18 at the Unitarian Meeting Hal in Bury, will see eight acts battle for the coveted prize package.

This year’s winners will receive studio time where they can record an EP and have it digitally distributed.

Event organiser Neil Rayson said the heats leading up to the final, which have been held at the Mason’s Arms, in Bury, have been a huge success.

He said: “We are really pleased with how the first heats have gone.

“There is a bit of a community feel about it, the artists all come down to check each other out and to support their mates.

“There is a really good vibe to the competition this year.

“We have decided to take the judges down into the crowd this year to make them more low key in the proceedings.”

The competition held the second heat at the Mason’s Arms on Wednesday.

Neil said Nik Lowe, the winner of the first heat, had already set the bar high for this year’s contestants.

He said: “Nik has set the standard so far but in the next few heats we have a lot of people who have not played here before and we could be in for a few surprises.”

Tickets for the final are £7 on the door or £6 in advance and are on sale at the Mason’s Arms pub on Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds.