Live and Unsigned returns

It has been confirmed that Live and Unsigned will be making a return to the region after the massive success of the competition earlier this year.

You may recall the beat boxing duet, Ghoodfellaz's, who won the North West region, went on to take the Live and Unsigned Urban award at the National Grand Final in London.

Live and Unsigned stands as the UK's largest competition for live acts aimed at artists who are original and unsigned. The competition has attracted over 10,000 contestants consecutively for the last two years and this forthcoming year is set to be larger and more popular than ever.

The competition attracts artists that consider live performance, uniqueness and determination to be the most essential elements to making it.

Acts that enter Live and Unsigned are judged on their live ability and authenticity, making this competition not just credible but nationally admired for judging artists on what really matters; New Live Music.

Live and Unsigned take their name seriously and therefore travel across the country auditioning every act individually and live, refusing any kind of demo tapes or recordings.

Chris Grayston, Managing Director of Live and Unsigned said: "We are always interested in discovering and exposing unsigned talent in the UK, we have such a strength and depth of musical ability in this country which we should acknowledge and celebrate.

"The future is in live music, and those with the ability to perform well live with original material are the artists we are after."

The best unsigned acts from each regional final are chosen to compete live in the National Grand Final in order to win a sought after recording contract.

This is held in London with star studded judges and guests from within the music and media industry including A&R, who all witness a showcase of the finest Live and Unsigned acts in the UK.

Kiddo360, a band from Wales, were the winners of Live and Unsigned 2008 and have since won the Vodafone award for best Live and Unsigned act alongside acts such as Kate Nash, The Ting Tings and Primal Scream held at Brixton Academy in London.

This was in addition to mass media attention, a national tour and recording their single in professional studios since taking the Live and Unsigned title.

It isn't just the winner that reaps the benefits from Live and Unsigned, as last year's Grand finalists Fat Lady Singh explains: "Entering Live and Unsigned was one of the best things we could have done. We managed to garner an excellent response from regional and national media (ITV/BBC TV coverage).

"We received countless gig offers and large interest from numerous independent record labels. We are still reaping the benefits after the competition including being nominated for the Vodafone awards and being offered a part in a film"

Acts are now being asked to enter as places are in high demand and auditions are being limited to 500 per region.

For information on how to secure your live audition for 2009 go to

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