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Bestival opens talent competition to choirs and spoken word acts

The organisers behind Bestival have opened up the music festival’s annual competition to choirs and spoken word acts for the first time.

The Band competition, which will see winners play alongside big name acts such as Elton John and Snoop Dogg, is also open to DJs and bands from the Isle of Wight area. Those wishing to enter the competition had to send a demo of their music, with the entries judged by those behind the festival, such as its curator, Rob Da Bank.

Talking about the influx of entries to the competition, Da Bank told iwcp.co.uk: “Wow! I’ve just ploughed through hours and hours of demos and Soundcloud links for all the categories of the Band Competition and once again the bar has been raised, with an epic spread of styles and genres covered.”

He continued: “Really great bands, some incredible DJs and an inspirational selection of choirs and spoken word wizards. Thanks to everyone for entering.”

The shortlist for the competition has now been revealed, with finalists including bands Lucif and the Ohmz, DJ’s such as Tony Start and Spolsh along with choirs Quaynote and Wight Harmony. Spoken word/Beatboxers Callum Fairweather and Buddy Carson are also in with a chance of performing at the event, which draws thousands on Isle of Wight breaks each year to attend.

This year’s event will take place at Robin Hill Country Park from September 5th – 8th, according to bestival.net.