Sunderland festival launches its own Battle of the Bands

From left, singers Olivia Lawson and Michael McKnight and Helen Davies from Bar Justice.
From left, singers Olivia Lawson and Michael McKnight and Helen Davies from Bar Justice.
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Would-be stars will have the chance to perform alongside some of the music industry’s big names thanks to a new festival.

The Sunniside Live, organised by Bar Justice at West Sunniside, supported by Sunderland’s Business Improvement District, will be held at Sunniside Gardens on July 11.

As part of the event, Bar Justice will be running a Battle of the Bands competition, giving amateur acts the chance to win a spot in the festival’s line-up.

To enter the competition, bands will be asked to submit a video of them performing as part of the application process.

The top three acts will then perform in front of a judging panel in a live heat at Bar Justice on July 3.

The winning act will open the show at the Sunniside Live Festival, expected to attract about 2,500 music-lovers.

The winner of the heat will perform alongside the festival’s other acts which include Joe Harriett, the soul and Motown legend, Olivia Lawson, finalist from hit BBC One show The Voice, Hyde & Beast, Yellowstone, The Source Unplugged and DJ Craig Hope from Northern Soul.

The judging panel will be made up of Ken Dunbar, CEO of Experience It Here! Sunderland’s Business Improvement District, Frankie Francis, lead singer of Sunniside Live’s headline act Frankie & The Heartstrings, and Harry Collinson from Dave Stewart Entertainment.

Application forms for the Battle of the Bands competition are available from Bar Justice, online at www.barjustice.co.uk, or by emailing enquiries@barjustice.co.uk.

The closing date for applications to be submitted is June 28.