Could you be performing at HebCelt 2012?

Mike Scott of The Waterboys are one of a headliners for this year's Hebridean Celtic Festival - could you be the lucky act to make it to the HebCelt stage?
Mike Scott of The Waterboys are one of a headliners for this year's Hebridean Celtic Festival - could you be the lucky act to make it to the HebCelt stage?

THE stage is set for the arrival of the next big thing in Celtic music. So what’s keeping you?

Friday July 13th will be a lucky day for an up and coming artist or group who will be given the chance to showcase their talents at one of the summer’s hottest music festival as the Hebridean Celtic Festival 2012 offers up a performance slot for a new band or singer during the four-day music party.

The One Step Further competition is open to any young band or performer, aged between 18 and 25 years at the time of the festival, playing a genre of music that reflects the general programming of the event.

The winner will be able to perform live on July 13 in front of the festival audience on the second stage within the main HebCelt arena.

Festival Director, Caroline MacLennan, said: “This is an incredible opportunity for an individual or group to present their talent to a large audience who are always keen to hear new music.

“The festival supports emerging talent from throughout the Celtic nations. However, we recognise that it can be challenging for those starting our to break through, especially at a major event like the festival, so we want to encourage applicants to think creatively about how best to present their work to get that start.”

The competition is supported by internationally renowned musician Phil Cunningham, well known as a champion of young talent.

He commented: “This is a fantastic idea from the festival organisers which could give an individual or group the chance of a breakthrough at a major event.

“Playing to a live audience is the ultimate for a performer and where better than HebCelt for young artists or bands in the Celtic genre to make a name for themselves.”

Entrant to the One Step Further competition need to prepare a promotional pack in electronic format to sell their music to the judges. This should include high resolution imagery, a biography and links to three good quality recordings of their music.

To enhance their pack they can also include links to their live video performances.

Submissions should be sent, marked ‘HebCelt New Talent Submissions’, by email to office@hebceltfest.com by midnight on Friday, April 6.

Judging will take place throughout the month with the winning artist or artists being chosen by April 27. The HebCelt organisers will also offer the winner £200 towards expenses to attend the festival, as well as passes to enjoy the rest of the event.

The Hebridean Celtic Festival 2012 runs from July 11th to 14th and for more information, visit www.hebceltfest.com