th – 7th July 2013, Vicarage Farm, Hampshire
ROAD TO BLISSFIELDS ANNOUNCED
An enchanted weekend – more of the same next year! CLASH
From strength to strength EFESTIVALS
Essential Festival 2012 ARTROCKER
Top 50 Festivals 2012 INDEPENDENT
Recommended Festival 2012 NOTION
Top Festivals 2012 SUNDAY TIMES
Best Festivals 2012 GUARDIAN
Hot Picks 2012 CLOSER
BLISSFIELDS FESTIVAL IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF IT’S ROAD TO BLISSFIELDS COMPETITION, NOW BIGGER THAN EVER BEFORE, SPREADING OUT INTO THE NORTH OF ENGLAND WITH A NATIONAL FINAL. LOCAL WRITERS COMPETITION ALSO LAUNCHED…
Blissfields has been championing new music for years. Not only having early performances from artists such as Ben Howard, Mystery Jets and Mumford & Sons, its opening night has always belonged to pure discovery. Each spring organizers host a series of live events to seek out the best undiscovered artists to play on the Thursday night of the festival.
Acts are invited to enter the competition via an online form, from which four or five will be asked to play a live heat in their local town. The winner of that heat will then either play at the festival in July if they’re competing at one of the local events, or on to the national final in London where a winner will represent all towns further afield.
The Blissfields soundscape is one of pop, rock, indie, folk, dance and electronic, so almost any genre of act can get involved – from twelve piece experimental grunge experiences, to tight and controlled digital pioneers… there really is room for anybody. All acts can apply via www.blissfields.co.uk/information/road-to-blissfields and choosing their home (or nearest) town.
The dates are confirmed as:
LOCAL VENUES AND DATES:
Portsmouth: Edge of the Wedge, Saturday March 23rd 2013
Poole: Mr Kyps, Saturday 30th March 2013
Guildford: The Boileroom, Friday 5th April 2013
Southampton: The Joiners, Saturday 13th April 2013
Basingstoke: Sanctuary, Saturday 20th April 2013
Winchester: The Railway Inn, Sunday May 5th (Bank Holiday Weekend)
Salisbury: Altar Club, Salisbury Arts Centre, Saturday 18th May 2013
NATIONAL VENUES AND DATES:
Leicester: The Shed, Saturday 30th March
Stoke-on-Trent: The Sugarmill, Friday 4th April
Nottingham: The Maze, Thursday 11th April
London: The Wheelbarrow, Saturday 13th April
Brighton: Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Friday 19th April
LONDON NATIONAL FINAL:
London: Surya, Monday 6th May
As in 2012 a competition is also launched to find the best new music writers out there, wanting to get involved with journalism. Each event will have a media partner – be that the best local music blog or print newspaper – who will publish the best, most Lester Bangs worthy, review from all entries received. The winner will also win PRESS TICKETS to the festival in July and get the chance to experience the event from the other side of the fence, again their review being published with their local media partner.
If you’d like to test your written acrobatic style, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to apply.