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Bacardi Band Search 2010

The Bacardi Band Search is back and is set to make an impression on the Newcastle (and now Central Coast) music scene.

The Bastilles - Winners of the 2009 Bacardi Band SearchAlthough there can only be one winner, the BBS hopes to uncover more hidden talent, encourage new bands to form and aims to give exposure to young bands in the Newcastle, Hunter Valley & Central Coast regions. The BBS offers a platform at a quality iconic live music venue for unsigned bands to show what they’ve got.

In 2009, 24 Newcastle bands competed in the BBS at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle. After 6 heats, 2 semi-finals, 1 repechage final and a Grand Final, local indie heroes, The Bastilles (pictured), emerged as the inaugural winners of the competition. They have gone on to play shows with Philadelphia Grand Jury & Red Riders and have just competed recording of their first EP. Two other local bands also reached the grand final in 2009, Wandering Bear, Cota

This year, the BBS will grow an extra limb as we invite Central Coast bands to compete for the first time, allowing the competition to showcase bands from the largest regional music scene in NSW.

The winner of the 2010 BBS will take home over $6000 in cash and prizes including $2000 cash, a guitar amp & effects package, recording time at Sydney’s renowned Studio 301, a professional photo shoot plus more.

The BBS will launch at The Cambridge Hotel on Thursday 29th April and will run most Thursday nights at the venue throughout the course of the competition. Entry is free and is now open to all unsigned bands from Newcastle, Hunter region and the Central Coast. Entry forms can be picked up from Billy Hyde Music and The Studio in Newcastle West or downloaded from

Entries close Mon 26th April. Spots are limited.

Posted on March 22nd, 2010 in General

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