20 June 2024

Carnival team launches Battle of the Bands contest to raise funds for 2025

The organisers of Hornsea Carnival have launched a Battle of the Bands competition later this summer in a bid to raise funds for the 2025 event.

The event at the Floral Hall will take place on Saturday, August 31, and will be open to amateur unsigned solo acts and bands of all ages who write and play their own music.

On offer is what the team call a “truly life- changing prize” for the winner – a songwriting and promotional package worth more than £18,000.

Hornsea Carnival has partnered with UK record label Red Sun Records and award- winning writer and producer Jim Lawton, of Electric Enemy, to make the competition a reality.

The winner will have a song written and produced by a multi-award-winning writer/producer, and the track creation process will be fully overseen by Red Sun Records.

The winning act will also spend one to two days in a professional recording studio with all rental costs and engineers’ fees paid.

The final recording will be mastered at the world-famous Metropolis studios, and the single artwork will be designed and created by Lisa Muscatt of Red Sun Records, which will then release the song on its label and distribute it through the AWAL/Sony platform to all of the major digital platforms including Spotify, Amazon, Apple and Deezer.

The Battle of the Bands event in August will be covered live by Hornsea Carnival’s media partner Seaside FM, and the organisers hope that it will become a regular event if they can secure annual sponsorship.

Tickets will be available to purchase for the audience with all sales going towards supporting the event, and providing funds for next year’s carnival.

A spokesman said: “If you would like to sponsor this event please get in touch – so far we do not have a headline sponsor, and this event will have a lot of media coverage.

“This is a chance for one local business to make a difference and be part of a spectacular new event for the region.

“Each year in addition to organising and running the carnival, we try to think of new and exciting ways to engage with the community and support the future of the region.

“We have always had strong links with local music talent. As an event we organise and promote a band stage which has always been free for all local and non-local bands to play on, showcasing their skills to the wider community.

“The stage has been home to some amazing home-grown talent over the past 20 years and we want to be able to give them more.

“This event has been more than a year in the making, and only really made a possibility from the relationship that the carnival team have with Sun Records, their associated management Palm Island Music and award winning writer/producer Jim Lawton.

“This relationship has paved the way for what will be the first Battle of the Bands in Hornsea, held at the iconic Floral Hall, with a truly life- changing prize for the successful band.”

For more information and to apply, visit hornseacarnival.org.uk/battle-of-the-bands.