Saturday 5th May 2018 will see Accrington host a new music festival – #AmazingAccrington Live!

Accrington Music Festival will be a showcase of local talent, suitable for all the family, as well as special guests Tabitha Jade, Ella Shaw and Christian Burrows.

The event is being kindly sponsored by Gold Sponsors, local company Langtec plus Accrington and Rossendale College. The day will be compered by hosts from local radio station, 2BR.

Langtec have been established for over 50 years. They are a Queen’s Award-winning local business who are specialist composite tubing manufacturers. They are keen to showcase everything Accrington has to offer and their support is given in numerous ways, such as sponsoring perimeter boards at Accrington Stanley Football Club and supporting this event through sponsorship.

Accrington and Rossendale College is the main place of post-school education, specialising in apprenticeships. They work closely alongside local businesses and support events in Accrington as a way to make and sustain connections with the local community.

The first of its kind for the town, organisers Scott Dawson Advertising, who are working in partnership with Hyndburn Borough Council, are hoping to bring something new and exciting to Accrington.

The audition stage is open to both bands and solo singers/musicians, who are now invited to apply and submit a video audition that will be viewed and judged by local musician Reece Bibby and a panel of objective judges. From playing in local Accrington pubs to international concerts with band, New Hope Club – made up of Reece Bibby, Blake Richardson and George Smith, they all share the same motivation, to make fun music! Their first song was a cover of ‘Wake up’ by the popular band The Vamps. The Vamps then signed New Hope Club to their label, Steady Records and the band have taken off with a huge following of fans. 19-year-old Reece is living a busy life and has been thrust into the fast lane of the music industry. As a renowned singer combined with being a local lad, he’s the perfect person to judge the competition.

Interested bands and musicians should match criteria specified below and will be taken in to account on receipt of a completed application form:

Band/ Solo Singer Criteria

For your application to be considered you must:

SUBMIT A VIDEO AUDITION performing an original song – please note these videos may be used in pre-promotion for the event on social media.

  • Be aged 14 or over
  • If aged 16 or under a parent/guardian must fill in and sign the application form and be main point of contact
  • Be locally based or locally educated – within a 15 mile radius of Accrington Town Centre
  • Be available to play on Saturday 5th May between 12:00pm and 4:00pm
  • Be able to perform a full 30 minute set
  • Perform at least two original songs during your 30 minute set
  • Have public liability insurance
  • Bring your own instruments: a PA system and other technical infrastructure will be provided
  • Understand that any copyright, contractual agreements with managers and record companies, will need to be covered by you.

The three winning entrants will be presented with a cheque for £200 on the day.

Please attach your application form to an email alongside video link and images of band/singers and send to

To ensure no application forms are missed, please make your subject heading: #AmazingAccrington – Live! Application – *name of band/singer*

Applications will close on Friday 26st of April 2018 – shortlisted performers will be notified prior to the event

Acts who don’t make the shortlist to perform on the main stage at the music festival will be invited to perform in local pubs in the evening.