kickstart1A NORTHERN Ireland music website is calling for entries for their annual Kickstart competition. are offering one local band, acoustic act or solo artist the chance to win a whole host of music industry prizes.

With everything from studio time and video production to industry advice up for grabs Editor of Chordblossom Robert Brown said: “no matter how young, old or what genre you play. As long as you haven’t released a full length album, you’re eligible.”

He added: “The essence of Kickstart is to provide the perfect platform for one lucky band/musician to make 2014 a year to remember! The key prize for many will be the recording of a single at Millbank Studios alongside a slot at the renowned Limavady music festival, Stendhal. We are very grateful to all of the organisations that have donated a prize, they have demonstrated the commitment we have in Northern Ireland to develop and nurture local talent.”

Previous winners of the competition have included Derry’s SOAK and Those Ghosts from Stabane. The former recently signed with Goodbye Records and went on tour with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Tegan & Sara. Last year’s winners Those Ghosts played a rousing slot at the final Glasgowbury, releasing their debut single Explain and are steadily building up a head of steam.

After the first round of submissions are complete, a shortlist of twenty acts will be decided by the site’s writing staff.

These twenty will then be put forward to a public vote when they will be narrowed down to the Final Five.

The concluding round for the artists will be a showcase gig in association with Belfast’s Queens Radio. On that night a collection of local music industry experts will decide the winner of Kickstart 2014.

Deadline for entrants is Friday February 7, to enter simply email [email protected] or log onto Chord Blossom for more details.

By Tina Calder