The Marshall Ultimate band Competition returns for its third year and 2012 promises to be the biggest and best Marshall UBC to date!
Marshall have always supported and assisted up and coming bands in their endeavours to be successful and recognise that band competitions are one avenue to do this. Having sponsored such competitions in the past they decided that they wanted to run their own competition. One that's free for bands to enter and free for the fans to vote. The emphasis is on the band, their performance and musicianship. It is about the music and the performance - the two essential ingredients for any successful band. The final is held in the Marshall Theatre at Bletchley - home to Marshall for the last 50 years and still the place where they manufacture their famous flag ship amps.
Marshall has again been joined by founding partners Lick Library and Smokehead whisky who both wish to see greater exposure of young bands who push the boundaries and go on to become the next successful band. Add to that Andy Copping of Live Nation has again given his support by offering the winning band a slot at Download 2013!
Last years winners, Royal Cartel, will be playing on the Saturday at Download this year on the third stage. What band would not be thrilled to win a slot at Download 2013? To have the chance to perform in front of thousands and be seen by the media, the promoters, the agents, the managements, the other bands, basically in front of everyone in the Music Industry.
As we said earlier, 2012, the 50th year of Marshall Amplification, will be the biggest and best Marshall Ultimate Band Contest to date.
Kerrang! have come on board as the official media partner for the competition and have very kindly offered the winning band the added chance of an opening slot at a Kerrang! pre-awards show plus a full page in Kerrang magazine dedicated to the winners of Marshall UBC 2012. Prizes which again reflect the prestige of the contest and the help that the winning band will get: getting the band noticed, gaining fans and the opportunity to move further up the road towards success.
Another great prize on offer from, the well known Metropolis studios is the use of their unsigned mastering service and an attended session to master a 4 track EP which is another foot up that ladder of success and an absolute must for all bands out there!
HOW TO ENTER...
Marshall UBC is open to any band over the age of 18. Entries will be voted through to a "Top 25 entrants" this will be decided up by a combination of 5 entrants who generate the most social media buzz and the remaining 20 will be the publics highest rated. A panel of official judges will deliberate and announce the top 5 finalists.
Voting which will start on 3rd September and finish on 28th September 2012.
Bands can upload more than one video.
5 finalists who will play at the live final will be announced on 12th October 2012.
Final at Marshall HQ in the Marshall theatre on November 17th 2012. - All finalists must cover their own transportation and expenses to play at the final. The final five bands who must be available to attend the live final at the Marshall theatre on November 17th 2012.