Students Compete in Manchester Band Competition
What's On MCR Team Written by  Feb 24, 2017

Students Compete in Manchester Band Competition

Manchester Arndale Seeks The City’s Best Student Bands

Manchester Arndale’s student band competition is back with a brand new judge and a bigger and better prize for 2017.

One of the city’s talented groups will get the chance to perform on stage at Kendal Calling and, brand new for this year, the winners will also perform at Jodrell Bank’s Bluedot Festival in July.

Student bands from across Greater Manchester are invited to submit a short video at:
before Monday 20th March for the chance to win, alongside an exclusive recording session at Manchester’s Blueprint Studios.


Now in its third year, the competition will run in partnership with the city’s iconic live music venue, Band on the Wall, where a group of eight shortlisted bands will perform in the semi-finals on Thursday 6th April. Six bands will go through to the final, which will be held at Manchester Arndale during its spring student event ‘MCR Student Night Out’ on Thursday 27th April.

Finalists will have their music heard by an established industry panel of judges; Gavin Sharp (CEO of Band on the Wall) Tim Thomas (Director at Blueprint Studios) Clint Boon, The Inspiral Carpets, and new judge for 2017, Jo Good from Radio X.

Last year, The Chadelics won the competition and went on to record a single in Blueprint Studios, based in Salford. The lucky winning band this year will secure four days studio time at Blueprint to record their own.

The competition is open to student bands from Greater Manchester, with two or more members over the age of 16. At least one member of the group must be in full-time education at the time of entry.

New judge Jo Good, Radio X, said:
“At a time when the British bands and artists are, once again, leading the way I am thrilled to be able to offer feedback, progression and prizes to those pushing hard to break through. Nowhere does music quite like Manchester does music. This competition will be a display of talent, grit and determination that will turn out the talent of the future.

“Every band and artist starts somewhere and it is always an honour to witness the beginning of a journey in creativity, talent and determination. The music business is a tough one, and these acts are taking their first strident steps. I can't wait to hear what they've got.”

David Allinson, Centre Director at Manchester Arndale, said:
“Manchester is famous for its iconic music scene and the city’s talent shows no sign of slowing down. As well as the fantastic prize we have on offer, MCR Student Night Out is the perfect platform for some of the best student bands around to showcase their music to thousands of shoppers on the day.”

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