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Common People: The Showdown (Open Mic Competition) – APPLICATIONS

Common People: The Showdown (Open Mic Competition) – APPLICATIONS
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After the huge success of last year’s competition, Common People: The Showdown is back, and bigger & better than before.

1st PLACE:
– Full EP recording (3 songs) with a producer who’s worked with JP Cooper, Pixie Lott and more.
– Live music video for one of the songs.
– Professional photography shoot.
– EP Launch party for all your friends & family at Old St. Records.

2nd PLACE:
– Live one-shot session video with Go Out of Tune (Max Bandicoot) worth £200.

3rd PLACE:
– £100 voucher for top music store, Red Dog Music.
– £100 bar tab at Old St. Records.

*How to apply?*

Starting on 5th September for six weeks, head to ANY of the Records Bars open mic nights (Wednesdays at Venn St. Records, Northcote Records or Old St. Records) and pick up an application form from the host.

Fill one out, providing us with all necessary details AND links to your music and social media. Return your form to the host.

Applications will be reviewed, and on 15th October, 45 acts will be selected and announced to compete in the heats.


– 7th November: Old St Records, 7:30-11:00pm.
– 14th November: Northcote Records 7:30-11:00pm.
– 21st November Venn St Records, 7:30-11:00pm.

28th November: Old St Records, 7:30pm-LATE.

***The Nitty Gritty***

– Each act gets TWO songs during the heats (no more than 10 mins stage time, five mins setup/ soundcheck).
– Applicants can have from one to five musicians per act, but please note there is NO FULL DRUM KIT available. Smaller percussion instruments are fine. Due to time restrictions, there will be a limit on how many five-piece acts can play on one night.
– Every act to play ONE original & ONE cover.
– No backing tracks (unless accompanied by live instrumentation).
– THREE acts to be picked from each heat to go through to the final.
– ONE wildcard act to be chosen via a social media vote (details to be revealed closer to the time).

There will be three awesome judges from strong musical backgrounds, to be announced soon.

T&Cs apply.

Sub-Categories: Live Music | Gig.