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CLUB promoter Andy Sutton is hoping to unearth fresh new talent in Sunderland with DJ Idol.

He’s teamed up with Passion nightclub, on Holmeside, in a bid to find the DJs of the future, so if you think you have got what it takes to DJ to the masses, well now you can.

“We’re looking to bring fresh talent into the city,” said Andy.

“We’re giving someone the opportunity to shine. We all know how difficult it is to get into the DJ scene – it’s a case of who you know and that’s the way its always been, rather than how talented you are.

“This competition will allow up-and-coming DJs to play big clubs, make a name for themselves and ultimately get a career out of it.”

He added: “We are looking for any style of DJ, including party DJs, so no matter what music you mix we want to hear from you.”

Passion is undergoing a refurbishment, including a new sound system, lighting, decor and seating – the club will be having a complete head-to-toe makeover and Andy is hoping this will help encourage big-name DJs to come to Sunderland.

He said: “I’m bringing big brands from Ibiza to play at Passion including Pucker Up, Space, Pacha and I’m still in negotiations with some big-name DJs to come to the city during the festival season.

“Ultimately, everything we are doing will benefit the nightlife in Sunderland long-term, but right now it’s about giving young DJs a push in the right direction.”

The lucky winner will receive a residency on a Saturday night at Passion playing with some of the biggest DJ names in the UK, a show on Spark FM and the chance to play Pulse London.

There will be 10 finalists who will play a 30-minute set each in front of a panel of judges, including a special guest yet to be announced, and the finalists will get 10 free tickets for family and friends on the night.

If you’re interested in entering all you have to do is submit a CD or a memory stick up to 30 minutes in length.

Include with your entry, your/their name, address, email, phone number and up to 30 words stating why you should be DJ Idol.

Send your entries to DJ Idol, c/o Seen In The City, Echo House, Pennywell, Sunderland, SR4 9ER. Finalists will be notified via email, competition closes Monday, April 2, with the final held at Passion on Friday, April 27, 2012.