#LiveLouder Competition

Belfast City Council invite young musicians to submit songs by March 10 for Belfast: Future City gig

Young musicians are being invited to #LiveLouder by taking part in a special competition organised by Belfast City Council’s Youth Forum as part of the ‘Belfast: Future City’ initiative.

The competition is open to either solo acts or groups made up of young people between the ages of 13 and 18, living in Belfast, who will be vying for a chance to appear at a special event headlined by The Voice’s Conor Scott at the end of March.

The young artists are being invited to submit one song, by the deadline of 10 March, after which the members of the Youth Forum and Oh Yeah Music Centre staff will shortlist the final acts to take part in the live gig.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, commented: 'This is a fantastic opportunity for the young people of our city to showcase their musical talents among their peer group, and I’m sure the standard of entries will be extremely high: you never know, we might just discover the next Ash, Van Morrison or Two Door Cinema Club as a result.'

To enter the competition, send an MP3 file, Soundcloud or Bandcamp links (maximum five minutes) of you or your band performing an original song or cover, together with an introduction and why you should be one of the finalists, to rebecca@ohyeahbelfast.com.

The finalists will go to head to head in an audience vote at a live gig in the Oh Yeah Centre, Cathedral Quarter, on the evening of Friday, March 28. The winning act will be rewarded with a bursary of £1,000 recording time and mentoring from industry professionals.

Charlotte Dryden from the Oh Yeah Centre said: 'Belfast has a wealth of young musical talent eager to get involved in events like this. It's an excellent opportunity to be heard. The final showcase on March 28 is a great platform to perform in front of a live audience in a professional venue. We at Oh Yeah can't wait to hear what the young musicians of Belfast have to offer.'

For information on how to enter the #LiveLouder competition, and terms and conditions, visit the Belfast City Council website. The deadline for entries is 4pm on Monday, March 10.