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Fresh battle of the bands.

UNSIGNED bands will be battling it out across Tyneside in a new competition that could net them pounds 5,000.

The British Music League (BML) is putting a twist on the traditional battle of the bands format, by providing artists with their own top 10 chart online.

Unsigned acts taking part in the competition are able to upload songs each week onto a website where fans and critics can review them. The bands will then be entered into a football-style league table.

Gigs at Newcastle University and Newcastle College, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside University will start in September, allowing followers to see their favourite bands and giving the unsigned acts a taste of a real performance.

Dominic Blackburn, who is running the BML said: "The BML is something different. Our goal is to help every artist achieve. It's taken us two years to decide how we're going to be different.

"The North East is where it's all going to start, but we have plans to expand to a national level next season."

Unlike the conventional battle of the bands, the BML invites all artists, from rappers to girl-bands, to show off their talent.

The budding musicians will be given the chance to shake their stuff in at least 19 gigs between September and November, competing against other local unsigned acts. The winners of the competition can win a top prize of pounds 5,000, plus framed gold vinyl records of their music.

Other prizes include free marketing and promotion, photo shoots and discount at music shops and venues.

The league runs from September to June, with the season's launch party and first gig taking place at Space Bar, Newcastle College on September 14.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2009
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