‘Extraordinary’ talent on show at Battle of the Bands with winner playing at Dundee festival

Previous winners of the Battle of the Bands, Frances Duffy and the Kingpins

Dundee’s biggest outdoor gala day Westfest has launched its annual search for the city’s hottest musical talent.

The festival — which takes place on Sunday June 3 — attracts thousands of people every year, and this year the hotly contested Battle of the Bands competition will be even bigger and better than ever.

Organisers have extended the event to include venues in Perth, with almost 50 bands taking part in 13 shows between March 16 and June 2, with the overall winner given a prestigious slot on the main stage in front of potentially 10,000 people at Magdalen Green.

Crowds enjoy a previous year.​

Bands from Dundee and Perth are being asked to register now for the event as the deadline is next Monday, February 12.

Dundee promoter Dougie Black, organiser of the Battle of the Bands competition, says he’s hugely excited by this year’s event, which helps raise funds to pay for more established acts to perform at Big Sunday.

“It’s always a great event and one that I find brings out some extraordinary new talent that we’ve never even been aware of before,” he said.

“The standard is always really high and we’ve had some brilliant nights over the past few years with some excellent young musicians going on to become a staple of the Dundee music scene after their appearances in the competition.

“This is the first year we’ve held any of the heats outside Dundee so it’s especially exciting to welcome all the young musicians currently playing in Perth as well as Dundee.”

Dougie, who has his own promotions company GJ Promotions in Dundee, is also on the Westfest committee and says the scheduling of the Battle of the Bands final has added a little extra intensity to proceedings.

“Due to the scheduling of the heats, the final takes place the night before Westfest itself, so it’s going to be a huge weekend for the eventual winners, not to mention the committee members,” he said.

“It’ll be a nailbiting finish all round.”

All in all there will be 48 bands playing at Church in Dundee and Perth’s Green Room.

There will be four heats of six bands per region, with three bands winning through to two regional semi-finals, where six bands will be performing in each region, with three from each region winning through to a six-band final to be held in Dundee.

The runners up will record and launch an EP courtesy of Dundee Music Studios plus an EP launch, while third place wins 10 hours of rehearsal time at the studios.

To register for the Battle Of The Bands visit www.dundeeevents.uk/botb

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