Legendary Listowel venue Mike the Pies the scene of many an epic gig has launched a new Battle of the Bands competition with the aim of unearthing the next big thing, along with showcasing a huge number of up and coming acts.

The competition is open to all unsigned bands, singers, and musicians, with some very appealing prizes up for grabs. First prize is to have a single recorded at Camden Studios, and an official digital release by Cork’s FIFA Records.

There will be 5 heats over 5 nights in June starting on Friday, June 10th with the Grand Final taking place on Friday, July 22nd. The panel of judges is a who’s who of music industry notables such as Paul McLoone, Fergal D’Arcy, Adele Nolan, Elaine Kinsella, Ashley Keating, Willie Ryan, Audrey Reidy and Pat Carty.

It’s a great opportunity for any act to to put their talent in the spotlight and show what they’ve got on stage. Entries need to be sent in by the closing date of Friday, May 27th. Send your details to MTPBattleoftheBands@hotmail.com and make sure to include a link to your music, and a short bio. 

Tickets to the live shows will be on sale soon from Mike the Pies, and will cost €10 per night.