Established in 1998 by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Jackie Smith and local promoter Paul Johnson, BurySOUND is one of East Anglia’s best-known and longest-running band competitions, endeavouring year after year to discover, nurture and promote up and coming musical talent. Previous winners and entrants have included Miss Black America, The Dawn Parade and Blue Gandhi (all of whom received widespread recognition thanks to the support of legendary BBC Radio One DJ John Peel), internationally respected garage rockers Thee Vicars, Billion Dollar Brain (featuring multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Laura Kidd, aka She Makes War), singer-songwriter Lewis Mokler (aka Huntar), and future members of hotly-tipped, festival-smashing, BBC-endorsed supergroups Gaffa Tape Sandy, Kyanos and Sun Scream.
The dates for BurySOUND 2019 are:
Heat One – Friday 25th January at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Heat Two – Friday 1st February at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Heat Three – Friday 8th February at Haverhill Arts Centre
Heat Two – Friday 15th February at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Heat Two – Friday 22nd February at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
GRAND FINAL – Friday 8th March at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Guest headliners will include 2018’s overall winners Influx Of Insanity (below) and winners of the 2018 Rising Star Award, Kyanos.
Our judging panel comprises musicians, promoters, DJs, journalists, producers and other industry professionals who adore live music, and who make a positive contribution to the local scene. Artists are judged on musical ability, entertainment factor, stage presence, lyrical content, originality, professionalism and band togetherness, but more importantly on the intangible, indefinable awesomeness, passion and raw talent that future biopics are made of. The competition element, however, is secondary to the thrill of discovering other like-minded artists, and playing in front of a music-loving crowd. Whoever wins, everyone involved will be part of something amazing!
The competition is open to any bands, duos and solo artists based in East Anglia who perform original material. All ages and genres are welcome, but priority will be given to younger artists based in the West Suffolk area. The deadline for entry is 5pm on Friday 22nd November 2018, and artists can enter RIGHT NOW at www.burysound.com/enter
Last year we had an incredible response, with almost 50 amazing new bands applying from all around the region; as a result it was the strongest year in the competition’s history and every event felt like a celebration of everything that’s amazing about the East Anglian music scene. We’d love to hear from as many new bands as possible again this year, so get in touch if you want a go!