Aspiring musicians and songwriters in Laois could be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes in a new all-Ireland competition.
‘Star Nation’, created by Four Star Pizza, is calling on musicians across Ireland to submit one original song.
Musicians will have a chance to win €3,000 of music gear, a recording session in one of Ireland’s most famous studios and a chance to play a showcase gig at a top Irish venue.
The competition is open to all genres of music and offers local artists and bands a wonderful opportunity to have their music heard by lots of people.
Four lucky winners will receive a one-day recording session at the renowned Windmill Lane Recording Studios. The studio is famous for clients such as David Bowie, Lady Gaga, U2, Van Morrison, Kylie Minogue and Snow Patrol to name but a few.
All four winners will also perform live at the final showcase gig in Whelan’s, one of Dublin’s best known live venues.
It has hosted the likes of Ed Sheeran, Nick Cave, Arctic Monkeys, Jeff Buckley, Hozier, Mumford & Sons, Damien Rice, Christy Moore, The Corrs and The Frames.
One competitor will receive €3,000 of musical equipment from leading music store MusicMaker in Dublin.
The store has been described as ‘a vital artery in the Dublin rock scene’ with visitors over the years including the likes of U2 and Blondie.
“The music industry is a tough one to break into with a number of obstacles facing aspiring musicians,” said Four Star Pizza Communications Executive Christina Hamilton.
“Star Nation is a nationwide search to find Ireland’s best undiscovered songwriters and performers, and give them the equipment, recognition and platform they deserve” she added.
“So whether you’re a solo singer or play in a band, a rapper, a potential rock star or country legend, we would encourage you to get writing and send us your songs. We can’t wait to hear them,” concluded Christina.
How to enter
‘Star Nation’ is free to enter and musicians can submit their track to Four Star Pizza online before the closing date of Wednesday July 31, 2019.
All entries must be completely original compositions and only one song per artist can be submitted. Entrants must be over 18, resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland and willing to participate in promotional activity if selected.
A judging panel including representatives from Four Star Pizza, MusicMaker and Windmill Lane will select a winner from each province.
All four provincial winners will receive a day’s recording at Windmill Lane and a chance to play at the grand final showcase event in Whelan’s – where the overall winner will be revealed and pick up a further voucher for €3,000 of musical equipment.
Full details on how to enter along with terms and conditions for entry, which must be read and agreed, can be found here.