Calling all Linlithgow, Bo’ness and Queensferry musicians!

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LIVE and Unsigned auditions are heading for Glasgow in the new year so local musicians should get ready.

The popular competition is set to attract thousands of unsigned musicians in January hoping to win the chance to play at The O2 in London and £100,000 in prizes, and the judging panel will be at the Royal Concert Hall on February 18.

Organisers have just announced an extra cash prize of £10,000 for the winning act to spend on their development. Add to that the prospect of festival slots across the UK and internationally, and it’s clear that Live and Unsigned is the competition for aspiring bands and acts to enter. There are festival slots in Canada, Italy, Latvia and Dublin up for grabs for the best unsigned acts in the country that make it to the Grand Final at The O2, which is incorporated into Live Fest, London’s biggest indoor festival.

Live and Unsigned is the UK’s biggest unsigned music competition for original artists and is open to all genres. Whether it’s pop, RnB, punk, Indie, Alternative, rock or acoustic, the competition has it all, and each year the competition prize pool gets bigger and better as acts take to the stage and battle it out for equipment, festival slots, studio time and master classes. Other prizes up for grabs include a UK tour, a selection of Blackstar and TC Electronic amps, extensive coverage on MUZU TV and YouTube and a comprehensive consultation package with Future Music including social marketing, image, brand, access to industry contacts plus more!

All acts in the competition are auditioned live , and those that make it through to the audition stage will get to perform to industry judges, A&R associates and celebrity guests in some of the UK’s most prestigious venues. Those who make it to the Grand Final will get to share the stage with some of the UK’s best musicians at Live Fest at The O2 in London! Acts on the bill last year included Tinchy Styder, Zane Lowe, Roll Deep and The Hoosiers.

Judges set to join the panel in 2012 include Radio 1 DJ’s Annie Nightingale, Tom Deacon and Daniel P Carter, Kerrang’s Alex Baker and Happy Mondays star Bez.

Auditions begin in January 2012 and acts are urged to enter now as places are in high demand. For information on dates, venues of auditions and to secure your live audition for 2012 go to www.LiveandUnsigned.uk.com and register today!