The Search Begins for Wath Festival’s Young Performers Award 2014

South Yorkshire’s prestigious festival of music and dance is once again looking for young performers to enter their annual performers competition.

After launching in 2011, the competition has seen the likes of Rose Redd, Luke Hirst & Sarah Smout and soloist Sunjay Brayne take the trophy and go on to further success in the music industry.

Luke and Sarah have continued to work as a duo playing festivals and now have their own solo projects, Rose has also branched out to work with nationally acclaimed music producers to release her latest single and Sunjay has joined folk stalwarts Steeleye Span on their last UK tour playing theatres throughout the country.

Wath Festival is keen to nurture young performers and support those who may be the next household names in folk, roots and acoustic music.

In 2011, the festival teamed up with local musician, Charlie Barker and her company The Partnership Media to start a search for young performers aged between 16 – 24 for the Wath Young Performers Award to win the trophy, open up for the main headlining act and take away a cash prize.

After months of searching and listening to submissions three acts are chosen as finalists to perform in front of a panel of industry professionals on the festival weekend, who then select the finalist. Previous judges have included award-winning musicians John McCusker, Kris Drever and Lucy Ward, record label director and agent Tom Sweeney and local radio broadcaster Dave Eyre. Each performer takes away a cash prize, as well as prizes donated from sponsors.

If you’re a musician aged between 16 – 24 years old and play either folk, roots or acoustic music as a soloist, a duo or trio this is your opportunity to get involved. For more information on how to apply visit the festival website and follow the instructions: www.wathfestival.org.uk/competition

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