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Stage set for act to follow taste of Cinnamon.

Byline: Rick Fulton

LAST year, rising Scots star Gerry Cinnamon walked on to the T Break stage with the sound of his name being chanted.

And this year, it could be you. Tennent's Lager are inviting musicians to send in their demos for a chance to play Scotland's biggest platform for unsigned music.

The stage at T in the Park is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year and over the years has featured the likes of Biffy Clyro, Paolo Nutini, Twin Atlantic, Snow Patrol and The View.

Gerry had his moment last summer. He said: "When I walked on stage last year there was just so many people and they were all chanting my name, it was unbelievable.

"I was so overwhelmed, the tent was absolutely bouncing.

"It's something I'll never forget, it was insane. A lot of bands think they need to go to London as they feel that there's nothing really in Scotland.

"I mean T Break isn't all we've got but it's a great platform.

"There's no one else who actually gives unsigned bands the opportunities to get on a big stage at a festival."

Once again 16 unsigned acts will be chosen by a group of judges, including the Record's Rick Fulton, who edits this section's new music column, Soundcheck.

The panel includes Scotland's most influential industry experts including artists, promoters, bookers, managers and members of the media.

They will listen to every demo before handpicking the 16 acts to play the T Break Stage at T in the Park on July 8-10.

One of the judges, Dave McGeachan, a senior promoter at T organisers DF Concerts, said: "T Break is a highlight for me every year.

"Working as senior promoter at DF Concerts, I see a lot of up-and-coming acts from all over the world but there is something great about taking the time to see a snapshot of what's coming through in Scotland.

"I'm already looking forward to seeing what this year's acts have in store."

T Break was launched by Tennent's in 1996 and has been uncovering Scotland's freshest unsigned talent ever since.

Nicola Cooper, sponsorship executive at Tennent's Lager, said: "T Break is a fantastic opportunity for Scotland's up-and-coming unsigned acts and one which Tennent's Lager are very proud to have offered for 21 years.

"The successful 16 acts get the chance to play the T Break Stage in front of the legendary T in the Park crowd.

"They will also gain exposure to many influential music industry insiders and benefit from the PR opportunities T Break has to offer." ? T Break is open to musicians of all genres. Entrants must be 18 or over, live in Scotland and must be currently unsigned. Full details on how to submit demos are available at www.tennents.com/tbreak and entries must be submitted before midnight on Friday, April 8.

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