Falkirk singer launches competition

Ross Fairweather is launching an acoustic set competition with the final judged by a talent scout from Mercury Records.

Ross Fairweather is launching an acoustic set competition with the final judged by a talent scout from Mercury Records.

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Musicians can get the opportunity of a lifetime and play in front of a record label talent scout with a competition.

Northstar in Vicar Street have launched ‘Pretty Young Strings’, a battle of the bands with the finalists getting to play in front of David O’Hagan, A&R at Mercury Records as well as win £300 and a paid headline gig at the pub.

Organiser Ross Fairweather said: “This is a massive opportunity for local bands - I’ve never heard of a music label talent scout coming to Falkirk and not only will he listen to the finalists, he will also give feedback and select the winner.

“It can obviously lead to great things because Mercury Records are huge, they have Chase and Status and The Killers on their books and David personally signed Glasgow group Kassidy.”

Bands of up to four people can enter the competition with all instruments to be acoustic and no drums are allowed. There will be four heats with four bands on each night and then a semi-final to determine the four bands that will play in front of David O’Hagan.

Ross continued: “Even if you are in an electronic rock band, strip down the songs to acoustic versions and enter. You can play your own stuff or covers or a mixture of both.

“The prize is unlike anything I’ve ever seen and getting to meet someone so influential in the Scottish and British music scene can really benefit an up-and-coming band.

“Spaces are already filling up fast so if you’re thinking about entering, do it now, it’s too big an opportunity to miss.”

Entry into the competition is free, to be considered email Ross at mrnicey@hotmail.com or call 07941329844 before April 3. The first heat is Thursday, April 5, with the final on May 17.

The band competition is one of three Northstar is running in the coming weeks. Would-be comedians can enter the Fresh Meat Comedy competition to win a slot at the prestigious Shack Comedy Club in Edinburgh while the Fresh Meat DJs battle allows the best record spinner to play at The Martell nightclub.

For more information on the events, visit the Northstar Facebook page at www.facebook.com/northstarfalkirk