Thursday, 28 June 2012

The Surface Festival

The Surface Festival Welsh Final – Sat 7th July 2012 – CF10 Cardiff Student Union It’s been a busy week for The Shoots, we have booked ourselves into a recording studio to lay down our as yet untitled EP. We’ve also returned to Buffalo to play a midweek gig with some outstanding local bands. Now our attention focuses on Surface. It’s a just over a week until The Shoots take to the stage at CF10, Cardiff Universities showpiece Live Music Venue, to compete in The Welsh Final of The Surface Festival. The Surface Festival is a European Wide Battle of the bands where 20 cities host the various stages of the competition and out of thousands of bands 23 make it to the showpiece finale in the 02 Arena London. Thousands of entries have been received for the 2012 incarnation of Europe’s largest musical battle royal. Progression through each of the 5 stages of the competition depends on three voting totals made up of text, audience and judges; with the early stages also requiring band votes. Within Wales, only 8 bands remain, and one of these bands so happens to be The Shoots. I suppose the big question when we entered the competition was ‘what do we want out of it’? The answer to that question was very simple: more gigs, a chance to meet and interact with new bands, a chance to play bigger venues and more than anything else a chance to get our music heard. We didn’t know how far we would get or what to expect, but so far we have won each of the first two rounds and had an incredible time along the way. The final promises to be an outstanding opportunity exposure wise for the band, with the carrot of a gig in Brixton 02 Academy to follow where the judges will decide the line up for the 02 Final. Through the process the band have been amazed with the support received and the crowds and votes that have come in for each gig has been amazing. Whether we make it any further in the competition or not, to everyone that has and continues to support the band we just want to say a huge thank you. Progression in the competition will lead to more and more exposure for the band with media interest already starting to come through. Win lose or draw, the future is looking bright for The Shoots. If you want to support the band progress through The Surface Festival then please contact them on for details!

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