Young bands given chance to star in unplugged event at the Recreation Ground in Stamford

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YOUNG bands are being given their chance to shine in a live competition on The Rec in Stamford.

Young Unplugged@the Bandstand will return for a second year this summer following its success last June.

Organisers from The Friends of Stamford Rec are keen to get more people using the park and in particular the bandstand which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010.

Bands under 18 are urged to sign up for the competition which has a performance at The Voodoo Lounge in Stamford as its main prize.

Organiser Nicky Baynton says the event had attracted a lot of interest on Facebook.

She said: “One of the best things about last year’s event was that we had bands from every school in the area taking part and it was fantastic to see everyone mixing together so well and supporting each other.

“It’s also nice to get people using the bandstand who wouldn’t normally do so and I got a great buzz from seeing everyone enjoy themselves.”

Last year’s winners, Centre Excuse, won the chance to perform at the Riverside Festival and have gone on to record an album and secure a number of gigs. Nicky hopes this year’s champions will also have the same success.

She said: “We would love to see as many people as possible come along and get involved.”

Auditions take place at the Cellar Bar at Stamford Arts Centre on Friday next week and on Sunday, June 12, and the competition will take place on Thursday, June 23.

Nicky added: “We’re looking for any kind of musical act, from The Beatles to Beethoven, solo, duo, or small bands.

“Most of all we’re looking for people with a burning passion to get out and perform.”

To sign up call Nicky Baynton on 07738 154452 or e-mail