Last places up for grabs

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There are still a few special places available to outfits wanting to throw their hat into the ring for a local battle of the bands competition.

The closing date may have passed for groups to enter the contest, organised by Deafbox Promotions and taking at The Out Of Town pub in Ripley – but there are five special slots still available.

Over the course of six weeks, it is hoped that a wide range of talented local bands will be featured, all competing for the overall prize of being the best band in the Ripley area and the chance to win some great prizes.

The three heats – each featuring six bands, with three to go through to the semi-finals – are on Wednesday, July 27, Wednesday, August 3, and Wednesday, August 10.

The nine successful bands, plus one wildcard entry decided by the judges, will go into the semi-finals, on Wednesday, August 17, and Wednesday, August 24, with two bands from each going into the grand final on Wednesday, August 31.

Bands wishing to apply need to email deafbox@hotmail.co.uk with their band name, band members, contact information, band genre, fanbase size and also tell, in no more than 100 words, a little bit about their band.