Still time to take One Step Further on road to stardom

Female quartet Gria took the prize last year, three months after playing their first gig.
Female quartet Gria took the prize last year, three months after playing their first gig.

The deadline is looming for young artists keen to win a sought-after main stage slot at one of Scotland’s leading music festivals.

More than 30 acts have already been booked for this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival – July 16th to 19th – which will have its biggest ever line-up this summer.

The one remaining spot to be filled on the main stage will go to the young band or singer, from anywhere in the world, who emerges victorious in a competition launched last month for emerging talent.

Festival Director Caroline Maclennan, said: “The One Step Further competition is a fantastic opportunity for young artists to showcase their music to a large and appreciative audience.

“We have received a good response so far but there is still time for others to send in recordings and give the judges an even harder task to pick a winner.”

With just a few days left before the April 12th deadline for entries, festival organisers are urging performers to take advantage of the unique opportunity which could give them a big break on stage.

The One Step Further competition, which has been backed by internationally renowned musician Duncan Chisholm, is open to any performer, aged between 18 and 25 at the time of the festival, playing a genre of music that reflects the general programming of the event.

To enter, artists need to prepare a promotional pack in electronic format that includes links to three good quality recordings of their music, at least one high resolution photograph and a biography. They can also include links to a live performance.

Submissions should be sent by email by 5pm on April 12th to office@hebceltfest.com and marked HebCelt New Talent Submissions.

The winners will be announced on May 3rd and will perform live on either Friday, 19th or Saturday, 20th July on the main stage where they will join headliners Levellers, Big Country and Donnie Munro, as well as renowned acts including Duncan Chisholm and Cara Dillon. They will also receive £300 towards expenses.

Glasgow-based trio Muran won the 2012 competition just six months after forming, while female quartet Gria took the prize last year, three months after playing their first gig.

The 19th HebCelt will be held from 16-19 July. This year the festival was selected as one of the top 10 UK summer festivals for the fourth year in succession by the influential music magazine Songlines.