The project brings together a network of venues, promoters, producers and other music types from across the county who share the same passion for supporting emerging artists and grassroots music. It is not-for-profit and there is just one simple aim – to help raise the profile of Essex based artists. 

So if you are yet ‘undiscovered’ then get in touch at info@undiscovered.org.uk . We are there to help if we can.

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As part of the project each year the Undiscovered team organise a live music contest which is split into two categories, Solo Acts & Bands and is judged by music industry people including festival organisers, musicians, radio presenters, producers, studio owners and venue owners. There are no audience votes which is why Undiscovered has now built up a reputation for its fairness.

The entry window for this year is Nov 1st – Nov 30th 2017, it is FREE to enter and is open to artists of any age, any genre and to soloists, duo or bands.  All entries will be judged by a selection panel made up of industry experts and those chosen to progress further will be invited to perform live at a Regional Final, these take place in Jan 2018 (Solo Acts) & Feb 2018 (Bands) where the winners of each will go through to a Grand Final

Dates for the Grand Finals are as follows:   Solo Acts, Friday Feb 16th 2018, Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford.                                                                             Bands, Saturday March 24th 2018, Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester



Well though there are great prizes to be won, this is more than just a contest. It’s an opportunity to showcase yourself to a network of promoters, venues, festival organisers and industry people. Just by an sending in an entry means you will have raised your profile to a number of promoters leading to a chance of gigs across Essex.

Previous contestants have gone on to be offered development sessions, others have been offered work on projects and finalists have gone to play at festivals such as The Fling, Purple Festival, Walthamstock, Village Beach, Purple Festival, Brownstock and Village Green. Plus every artist that plays at a live heat will be given a set of high quality photos, free of charge.