The BLIVE Challenge…

Introducing THE BLIVE CHALLENGE … aka the Ultimate Battle of the Bands
Our region is a prolific hub for music talent and we have decided that it was time to celebrate this in a way that will get more musicians known and heard and more people talking about it! The BLIVE Challenge is an exciting opportunity for musicians and music venues alike, as it is aimed at promoting independent original music in the North East, from the North East… and for the North East!

Yes, we know… a lot of bands or acts, who want to be taken seriously, would cringe at the terms ‘Battle of the Bands’… but that is ultimately what we are organizing – a real life ass-kicking competition … there is no other way of looking at it! 10 heats in 7 locations across the North East in the bid to find the best new original act in the area. Anyone who writes and performs their own material will be able to enter. Five finalists per locations will be selected by a panel of industry experts which will then take to the stage and fight for their spot in the final taking place in Bonbar* – one of the most individual bars in Newcastle, set with the Assembly Rooms, one of the most iconic buildings in the city centre

The idea of a challenge that would provide musicians with an opportunity to show what they are capable of was an easy one to come up with, but we always wanted this concept to be about the music and for the musicians’ gain – hence why we have tailored the prize* to all those things a new act in the making can often only dream of! Well, they say that when it comes to competing it is not the winning but the taking part that counts… not here! The prize is too good not to fight tooth and nail to get one’s hands on it!

The winner will receive all of the following:
– Interview with Living North with a print run of over 15,000 copies and a database of over 30,000 emails (not bad exposure uh?);
– A day with Loft Studios to record a song of your choosing (just like those who make a living out of their music);
– A video for said song;
– A mini tour across the venues that have taken part in the competition;
– A new logo professionally designed, stationary and a fully functioning website;
– A professional photoshoot with Darren Irwin
– And last but certainly NOT least…. A spot to perform at Lindisfarne Festival!

If you are looking for an opportunity to stand out from the crowd and get your music noticed – and heard! – this is the one challenge you cannot bypass!

More details will be revealed very soon. In the meantime, like our Facebook page TheBLIVEChallenge or search for
#BLIVECHALLENGE2016 on Twitter to find out more.

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