Rock and pop acts to take part in Guild

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The Manx Music Festival is reaching out to new competitors and audiences with the introduction of Rock and Pop Band classes at the 2016 event.

On Tuesday, April 26, the Villa Marina’s Royal Hall will be rocking all night to the sounds of bands playing their own music or covers of their favourite songs. There will be four classes – Own Composition and Covers for under 18 and over 18 age groups.

Each band will be given eight minutes of stage time to play one or two songs.

The audience will vote for their favourite act and the most popular acts in each class will receive a £100 prize.

Festival chairman Sarah Kelly said: ‘This is a great opportunity for musicians to play in the iconic Royal Hall with its tremendous acoustic and sophisticated sound system. This will be a battle of the bands to remember and an exciting new development for the festival, attracting new competitors and new audiences.

‘Of course the festival has always experimented with new and different types of music, dance and drama, and soloists can already sing in the popular song classes and the ever-entertaining Songs from the Musicals class.’

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