Young acts can apply for battle of the bands

Former winners Citrus Heights.
Former winners Citrus Heights.
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A battle of the bands competition will take place at one of Leeds’ top beauty spots, offering talented youngsters the chance to perform in front of thousands of people.

Budding musicians will take to the youth stage at Kirkstall Festival for the third year, vying to be named the 2017 winner.

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Youngsters aged 13-19 are being invited to enter the contest, with an expert panel of music industry professionals responsible for whittling entrants down to just twelve finalists.

The lucky dozen acts will then play a 15 minute set for a crowd of thousands at the festival, which takes place in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday, July 8.

Coun Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said:“Leeds has a very proud tradition of supporting up and coming music acts and this is a fabulous opportunity for some of our young acts to perform in front of thousands of people at one of our city’s biggest annual community events.

“Performing in the beautiful grounds of Kirkstall Abbey at such a huge event could be a real launching pad for talented musicians and I hope some of our aspiring young rock stars take the chance to get involved.”

To enter, acts need to send a video link of their band performing to Leeds Museums and Galleries’ youth curator Angie Thompson at by 4pm on Friday, June 16.

Kirkstall Festival is free to attend and attracts crowds of up to 25,000 people.

In total there will be eight performance areas offering rock, classical, jazz, folk and light music as well as comedy acts.

The event will also include more than 160 stalls, a fairground and displays.

Young acts that want to appear should email their video to

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