Each year as part of the project we organise a countywide music contest, which is split into two categories Solo Acts & Bands. However this is more than just a contest, it's an opportunity to showcase yourselves to industry professionals, network with other musicians and make contact with promoters.

the format

Round One: All entries will be judged by a selection panel made up of industry experts.

Round Two: Those chosen to progress further will be invited to perform live at a Regional Final, taking place as follows:

Solo Acts Jan 24 2019 (Colchester), Jan 25th 2019 (Chelmsford), Feb 6 2019 (Basildon)

Bands Feb 1st 2019 (Southend), Feb 7th 2019 (Basildon), Feb 21st (Colchester), Feb 23rd (Chelmsford).

Round Three: Winners of each Regional Final plus one wild card (chosen by the judges) will go through to a Grand Final. Dates are

Solo Acts Friday Feb 22nd 2019 (Cramphorn Theatre Chelmsford)

Bands Saturday March 16th 2019 (Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester)


Each final will have three independent judges that will score the artists & the audience also get to vote for their top two artists.

who can apply?

Entry is FREE and the contest is open to artists of any age, any genre and all types (i.e solo, duo or band). Artists must have at least one musician based in the Essex and have at least one original song.

prizes include:

  • 3 days Recording Time (courtesy of Hermit Studio's)
  • Single Release
  • Music Video

how to enter

Well it's easy - simply fill in the application form on this page and submit or you can send a demo to: Undiscovered, c/o The Hermit, Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8AG

application form