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Launch of #FreeGig to Stage New Manchester Talent

Launch of #FreeGig to Stage New Manchester Talent

Today sees Dawsons Music launch #FreeGig – a talent search to find five completely unknown or up and coming acts to gig at Band on The Wall this December.

We’re a North West company with a heritage of almost 120 years and our Portland Street store in Manchester city centre has been at the heart of the city’s music scene for over a decade. During that time we’ve welcomed thousands of passionate people through our doors – those who love music as much as we do and who come to us to learn, grow and to become the very best musicians that they can be.

This is why we’re so pleased and excited to bring our Free Gig competition to the city; We’re offering five of Manchester’s best up and coming acts the chance to have the experience of their lives on stage at Band on The Wall, an iconic venue just a stones throw from our Manchester store.

For decades the city has long been the breeding ground for some of music’s biggest names. The Hollies, The Bee Gees, Herman’s Hermits and Freddie and The Dreamers were some of the earliest to stamp Manchester’s mark on the world’s music map. Then came the likes of The Smiths, New Order and Joy Division, closely followed by the rise of the Madchester club scene before Britpop exploded with one of our most famous exports, of course, Oasis. We’re launching Free Gig as a way to support the next wave of emerging talent from the city, giving them an established platform for some serious promotion and celebration.

So if you think that you’ve got what it takes to rock Band on The Wall, or if you know someone who does, then upload your entry now! Good luck guys – let’s see what you can do.

For find out more, including competition entry details and terms, please visit

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Sam Butterworth

Sam utilises his wide range of musical knowledge to craft great content for the Dawsons Music blog, offering insight into new products and promoting competitions for the Dawsons Music brand.