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East Sussex College launches music competition to find performers for Spring Live! 2019

East Sussex College is looking for talented young people to perform at Spring Live! this May.

The college will once again be taking over the music stage at Spring Live!, offering young musicians from local schools and colleges the prize of performing at one of the South East’s most popular family events.

After the success of last year’s show, the college is looking for four acts (solo artists or groups) to perform on the Sunday and Monday (5th and 6th) of the May Bank Holiday.

The competition features a bumper prize package which includes performing at the spring show in May, but also a free recording session in the ESC Live Lounge and the opportunity to perform in front of thousands at the South of England Show in June.

Nigel Ryan, School Liaison officer at ESC, and a Fellow of the the Royal Society of Arts, said:

“We’re really excited to be taking over the music stage at Spring Live! again this year. Last year was a huge success where we were able to showcase our huge repertoire of talented students, include a number of local secondary schools.

“This year, we’re back and on the lookout for the next crop of talented youngsters to come and perform with us over the bank holiday weekend. We have four places up for grabs and you’ll be sharing the stage with a number of our very talented alumni.

“The two events in May and June are expected to attract a combined audience of more than 75,000 people, so this competition is the perfect platform to get your name out there as an up and coming artist.”

Ian Nicol, Chief Executive, South of England Agricultural Society, said: “We are very happy to have East Sussex College on board as co-sponsors for our flagship event. Their handling of last year’s Spring Live! 2018 music stage was not only professional and entertaining but added a whole new dimension to our rebranded Spring event.

“We are very confident they will bring the same flavour to the South of England Summer Show, now in its 52nd year. And with confirmed joint sponsorship from Longman Brewery, a community focussed business who support education and employment opportunities, yes, we are very excited indeed.”

The competition is open to local school and college students across Sussex. Auditions can be submitted in audio and video files or via links to Soundcloud and YouTube channels.

All auditions should be sent to [email protected] by Friday 26th April. Competition judges will contact the successful four by Monday 29th April 2019 and inform them about which day they will be performing. However, please ensure that you are available on both dates.


Spring Live! is the quintessential English country fair with a difference and will take place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL.

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