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Win a chance to perform with top chart acts at “Northumberland Live”…

Two lucky acts will be given the chance to showcase their talents at one of the region’s leading free music festivals.

The priceless slots are available for singers or bands on the bill at Northumberland Live that takes place on Saturday June 27th at The Links, Blyth seafront. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will see the winners share the line up with international chart toppers ‘Toploader’ and the legendary ‘Doctor and The Medics’.

Northumberland Live is being supported by Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland.

To win the prize of a slot on the main stage, the performers will have to pit their creative wits against one another during “Northumberland’s Talent Live!” that will be staged at The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth on Friday June 12th.

There will be two available categories of under and over 18s.

All people have to do is send a video or audio clip to the Northumberland’s Talent Live! team and then if successful, they will be invited to perform in front of a paying audience on Friday June 12th (7.30pm / £6) – who along with a panel of judges will choose the winning acts.

The entrants have to live or work in the county to be eligible.

Last year’s winner of the over 18s category was singer-songwriter Joe Allan of Cramlington who went on to realise his dream by releasing an EP of original material entitled “The City Ate My Brains”. He will be lending his invaluable experience this time round as a judge on the panel.

The winner of last year’s under 18s competition was Lewis Hill, who won through to the competition on a wild card entry after winning “Leading Link”.

Another person who entered last year’s talent contest was Ashington’s very own, Maria Younger. The 20-year-old singer studied A-Level Music for Performance and Production at Newcastle College and sees Elaine Page as one of her main inspirations.  Maria was asked why she’s entering the competition for a second year running. She said: “It is all about taking to the stage and engaging with the audience. I want people to enjoy my voice.”

Maria writes her own songs but also likes to sing popular tunes from the mainstream pop charts and from musical theatre. Maria adds: “I also want to use this opportunity to encourage more young people like myself to take up music and drama as not enough kids are doing performance at school and college.  I always believe that singing is an extension of yourself.”

David Garrett, Executive Director of The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth – one of the partners of Northumberland Live, said: “The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth is proud to support Northumberland Live as it mirrors the same values we also share about giving new and fresh talent a chance. We have been providing performers in and around Northumberland opportunities for the past fifty years and long may it continue. ”

The deadline for entries is 31st May.  Competition details and downloadable application form can be found on The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth website www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk/whats-on/northumberlands-talent-live

The family event is also being made possible by additional support from Phoenix Taxis (providing the free park and ride service on the day) and Coastline Fish and Chips.

Northumberland Live 2015 is proud to have as its media partner BBC Radio Newcastle 95.4FM / Digital.

Northumberland Live will also be a winning platform for eight other local bands who will be entertaining the gathered crowd.

Northumberland Live presents: kosoti (Newcastle); The Caffreys (Tyneside); Tony Bengtsson Band (South Shields); Shaw:Clark Project (Blyth); Muddy Line (Newcastle / Northumberland); Rose Parade (South Shields); Driven Serious (North East England); and Melissa Rose (Blyth).

For further information and regular updates about Northumberland Live please visit www.northumberlandlive.org  There’s not long to go until Saturday June 27 so help spread the word about one of the biggest and best events of the summer!

Northumberland Live runs from 11am through to 9pm.

This could be the start of something special so grab the opportunity with both hands.