Sounds Like Summer wants your talent!

Want to get your music heard in front of a live audience? Mingle with other musical artists? Get paid for your performance? The opportunity to win a package of prizes including the production of your own original track? Then get entering Sounds Like Summer 2013.

Yes, the biggest music competition in the North West, Sounds Like Summer 2013, is back and is now open for entries.

The Alley Theatre, Strabane, in conjunction with the Strabane Chronicle is offering 16 acts a great package of prizes including a portfolio of professional photographs, a performance fee and more. The final night will be professionally filmed for upload and the overall winner of Sounds Like Summer will receive two days’ studio time with Small Town America Records and production of their own original track - a must for any musician.

Emma Devine, Marketing Officer, said; ‘We are looking for all bands and singer-songwriters to enter. No matter what genre of music you play we want to hear from you. The competition will take place over four heats in June with a final at the end of the month.

“The North West has a vast talent of musicians as recent events have shown. The wealth of talent in last year’s competition was overwhelming and the range of genres was great to see from folk, rap, metal and pop to name but a few. This is the sixth year of the competition and over the years we have seen some fabulous bands and artists enter who have now gone onto to great success including The Wonder Villains, Rainy Boy Sleep, SOAK, Conor McAteer and last year’s winner Gerard i2.”

Entering is simple - all that’s needed is at least three tracks, one of which must be an original track, a CV and application form which can be found on the Alley Theatre website You can also enter through the Sounds Like Summer facebook page:

If you need more info or an application pack contact Jacqui Doherty on 028 71 884760 or email

The closing date for entries is Friday 3rd May and heats will take place on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June with the final on Friday 28th June.