Get the plug out and land a grand!

Musicians are being urged to get stripped and pull the plug on their amps for a new competition that could land them a grand.

The Sun Inn, Chesterfield, is launching its Acoustic Idol contest, offering people the chance to hear the best in unpluggery and land the competion winner £1,000.

Marv Whitel.

Marv Whitel.

The contest was born when Sun manager Richard Younger and Marv White, who runs the pub’s weekly acoustic nights, realised there weren’t any dedicated competitions for unplugged artists.

Marv said: “When acoustic acts enter into competitions, they always feel like they shouldn’t be there, so we decided that we were going to hold a music competition just for acoustic acts.”

As well as showcasing great music, the event will also give a tidy £1K top prize for the winner, with the runner-up taking home a new guitar.

Heats start in July and will climax with two semi-finals in August and the grand final on September 5.

There will be two set judges throughout the competition and a guest judge each week, who will all be industry professionals.

Tickets to the heats will cost £3 on the door and £5 for the final.

All acts can enter by calling into the Sun Inn Chesterfield and filling out a form or you can enter by emailing marv at or calling 07580069462.