Wingecarribee Shire Council is calling on the region’s musical youth to take part in Audio Overload, a band competition scheduled for Saturday 13 April at the Bowral Memorial Hall.
Organised in conjunction with Bowral High School’s Entertainment Class, Audio Overload seeks to highlight the diverse young musical talent on offer across the Shire.
Bowral High School student and volunteer event coordinator Bethany Cochrane said the event’s organisers were after a minimum of ten local acts.
“With so much great young musical talent across the Shire, we’re confident we can fill the bill for the evening,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter what type of music they play,” Bethany said. “We’re after a variety of acts, be it bands, duos, instrumental acts or even solo artists.”
The competition is open to musicians aged between 12 and 24 years of age who live, work or attend school, TAFE or University within the Southern Highlands.
“The idea behind the event is to not only showcase some of our Shire’s amazing young talent, but to give some of our budding artists a taste of what may be their first live audience,” Bethany added.
Council’s Youth Liaison Facilitator, Michelle Williams said Audio Overload was deliberately staged to follow hot on the heels of the ‘Plugged-In the Plaza’ summer series of live concerts.
“Council received fantastic feedback from both patrons and artists at our free Plugged-In the Plaza outdoor gigs and we’re hoping to build on the momentum of these events with the Audio Overload.
“I encourage all of our young artists to get on board and support this great event,” Michelle said.
Expressions of interest must be received no later than Friday 15 March with auditions tentatively scheduled for Saturday 23 March.
“The students and staff of Bowral High School are to be commended for their efforts in helping to put this fabulous initiative together,” Michelle added. “It really is a fabulous opportunity for our Shire’s young musicians to develop their talents and music lovers to witness some of our brightest rising stars.”
Successful acts will be provided with a 20 minute set at the 13 April event with the winner receiving a three day recording contract with True Sound Engineering in mid-April.
For more information and Expression of Interest details, contact Michelle on phone 4868 0859 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audio Overload will be an alcohol and drug-free event and will be fully supervised.