PHOTO GALLERY: Previous winners of Norwich music competition The Next Big Thing
PUBLISHED: 13:53 14 August 2012 | UPDATED: 16:36 14 August 2012
The search is on for the region’s hottest new music acts with the launch of the 2012 The Next Big Thing competition.
Brit Award winner Ed Sheeran – who performed at the 2012 Olympics’ Closing Ceremony at the weekend – is among the previous The Next Big Thing winners along with Norwich-based group The Kabeedies who have since played at Glastonbury and had their music featured in a worldwide advertising campaign.
Now emerging musicians have chance to follow in their footsteps and enter the eighth The Next Big Thing competition which is being run by Norwich-based Future Radio in association with Outline Magazine and OPEN.
The winner’s prize will include a recording session at OPEN studios where their track can be made into a 2D and 3D video, a studio session at Future Studios, and a photo-shoot from JMA Photography.
Future Radio station manager Terry Lee said: “The Next Big Thing is established as the best up and coming music competition in the eastern region, with a fantastic list of previous winners.
“Ed Sheeran, who won in 2008, has gone on to win two Brit Awards, and he still plays the guitar he won as a prize in his live performances today.”
Acts – which must be based in Norfolk or Suffolk – have until September 24 to enter online at www.outlineonline.co.uk/news/enter-the-next -big-thing-competition
OPEN, in Norwich, will host the semi-finals in October and the final on November 11.
For more visit www.futureradio.co.uk/nextbigthing