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Gloucestershire musicians to battle it out for a chance to play at Sportsbeat festival

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

By Matt Discombe

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UP and coming musicians will have the opportunity to play at this summer’s’ Sportbeat festival in a Battle of the Bands event.

The line-up for the event, held at Gloucester Guildhall, currently has 10 bands and solo artists announced, with more to be confirmed later this week.

Many of the musicians taking part come from Gloucestershire and surrounding counties.

They include Blossom Calderone, Freefall, Dexter Millest, Blindman’s Bastion, Liverpool based band James Stevens, Joe Symes & the Loving Kind, Beat Harlows and Buying Lie.

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Gloucester Mayor and former DJ Chris Chatterton will judge the Battle of the Bands on Saturday alongside the Guildhall’s Dan Charles and Joey Sciavon.

The winners and runners up will have the chance to play at Sportbeat’s main stage, alongside the likes of Razorlight, Matt Cardle and Reverend and the Makers.

Jody Gooding, event organiser, said: “It’s really important to give up and coming bands a chance to perform alongside major artists and their heroes.

“A lot of musicians in the area aspire to play in the Guildhall, as some of the biggest bands in the world such as Muse and Primal Scream have played here before.”

The Sportbeat Festival will take place on June 7 and 8 at Oxstalls Sports Park in Gloucester and will also host acts such as The Hoosiers, Menswear and The Ordinary Boys.

This summer will see the second year of the festival, which was founded by local professional athletes.

An Academy Stage will also showcase local up and coming bands at the festival itself.

Joey said: “The battle of the bands will serve as a launch party for the festival itself. We’re working really hard around the clock to get everything together, so we’re looking forward to seeing some of the bands who could be performing there.”

Aside from music, the festival will feature a sports programme of rugby sevens, netball and volleyball as well as a vintage fayre, laser tag and a silent disco.

Last year, Gloucester songwriter James Patrick Martin won the Battle of the Bands and played on the festival’s main stage alongside The Feeling, The Enemy and The Lightning Seeds. The Battle of the Bands starts at 6.30pm on Saturday, April 12. There is a £3 entry fee.

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