Unsigned artists have a chance to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival


Joanna Davis @DorsetEchoJo

Features & entertainments writer

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ORGANISERS of the Isle of Wight Festival are pledging to support emerging talent once again by giving unsigned artists and bands a chance to perform at the annual event.

This year’s festival line up features headliners Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher. The Script, James Bay, Blossoms and Van Morrison are also set to take the stage across the weekend of June 21 - 24.

The Isle of Wight Festival’s New Blood competition is open to artists and bands throughout the UK. All artists have to do to register is submit an original song they feel best represents them.

John Giddings says: “There are so many great unsigned artists out there so this is all about discovering them. It’s fantastic to give new bands and new talent the chance to play at one of the biggest festivals of the summer, featuring legendary acts.

“It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be at same festival as The Killers, Kasabian, Depeche Mode and Liam Gallagher! Every band in the country should be putting themselves forward for this!”

Only the most talented submissions will go through to the Live Rounds where artists will be judged by music industry experts. Fans will also get a vote at each gig.

Those lucky enough to make it through the quarter and semi finals will perform in one big Grand Final on May 27th at O2 Academy, Islington, Acts simply need to encourage their fans to vote for them online using their artist profile at www.hotvox.co.uk/artists. The artist with the most votes will be fast-tracked straight through to the Grand Final.

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