Rock ‘n’ roll launch for competition

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TONIGHT sees the launch of band competition BurySOUND, which is returning for its 14th year.

Kicking off in true rock and roll style, the battle of the bands competition is marking its launch with a special gig tonight.

From 7pm at The LP, in Bury St Edmunds, three bands – including last year’s BurySOUND winners Twisted Piglet – will play a show to be broadcast live as part of BBC Introducing in Suffolk.

The 2010 champions will be joined by The Soft and Generation of Swine for the show which is sure to get the Bury music scene buzzing as bands and music fans prepare for the BurySOUND competition later this year.

Entry to BurySOUND opens on Monday, with a closing date of August 19, and young bands from throughout West Suffolk are being encouraged to enter.

The competition has a firm position in the Bury events calendar, drawing crowds of music fans from across the county to each of the live heats and the grand final.

BurySOUND gives 12up-and-coming bands the opportunity to play in new venue The Apex, working with a professional lights and audio set up and performing on stage to a large crowd – and the judges.

Bands chosen to take part get the chance to gain valuable experience playing live at a high-quality venue.

The event aims to develop the talent of young musicians within the area.

The lucky dozen will be chosen and announced in September, and tickets for the live heats and grand final will go on sale in October.

The BurySOUND heats will come to The Apex on October 7 and October 22 with the final held on November 4.

To enter the competition the band must have at least one member living in West Suffolk and the majority of members must be aged under 23.

If your band is interested in applying to participate in the competition, you can get more information or download an application form from or by contacting Simon Pickering on 01284 757077 or at

BurySOUND is supported by the Bury Free Press.