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

Solo Acts:

Round One: A selection panel made up of industry experts will review each entry.

Round Two: Those chosen to progress further will be invited to perform live at a heat, dates are:

Jan 19th 2020 Peggy Sue's (Southend)

Jan 23rd 2020 TWM (Colchester)

Feb 5th 2020 The Edge (Basildon)

Round Three: Solo Acts Grand Final. Winners of heats plus two wild cards (chosen by the judges will go through to the Solo's Act Grand Final on Saturday March 7th 2020 (Cramphorn Theatre Chelmsford) 

Bands: 

Round One: A selection panel made up of industry experts will review each entry

Round Two: Live Heats. Those chosen to progress further will be invited to perform live at a heat, dates are: Heat 1 - Jan 17th Bassment (Chelmsford). Heat 2 - Jan 18th Bassment (Chelmsford)

Round Three: Town Finals. Winners of the heats will be invited to one of four town finals as follows -

Feb 20th 2020 Colchester Bands Final (TWM)

Feb 21st 2020 Southend Bands Final (Chinnerys)

Feb 22nd 2020 Chelmsford Bands Final (Cramphorn Theatre )

March 5th 2020 Basildon Bands Final (The Edge)

Round Four: Bands Grand Final. Winners of the town finals plus one wild card (chosen by the judges) will go through to the Bands Grand Final on Saturday March 28th 2020 (Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester)

Judging

Firstly artists will be judged on Professionalism, one part being communication (so this starts the moment you send in a entry) but carries through to the live heats where we view attitude, co-operation & punctuality.  At each heat & final there will be three independent judges that will each score the artists over three further categories, Performance, Originality & Songwriting.   At the live heats & final the audience also get to vote for their top two artists with the one with most votes awarded 3 pts, 2nd place 2pts and 3rd place 1 point. These are added to scores from the four categories

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 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

Songer/songwriterDuoBand