2019 DATES:

Heat 1 - Feb 15    

Heat 2 - March 1  

Heat 3 - March 8  

Heat 4 - March 22

 FINAL - March 29

Take The Stage is back for 2019! Starting in February, the competition will see 12 young acts compete across four heats for a place in the final with the chance to play for some great prizes. So long as you are under 21 years of age, you can apply to play at Take The Stage!

During each heat every act will have their full 20 minute set recorded plus one song professionally filmed and edited. They will then receive a free mixed version of their performance as well as one live video shot and edited by our crew.

The winner of each heat is decided by a crowd vote, with the prizes in the final to be decided by representative judges. In the final, we ask representatives from each prize on offer to pick the band they think most suits their prize.

This means that there could be several prize winners in the final.

We do all we can to remain impartial throughout, and as such do not include ourselves on the judging panel as we often get to know the bands personally as the competition goes on.

The prizes on offer this year are:

- Funnel Music Showcase Performance

Funnel are a Bath-based record label and management company who work with new and emerging acts. Their Showcase Sessions are a chance for them to scout new acts. Each session is a filmed performance that the band or artist can keep for themselves.

- 2 Weeks Recording Time at Riverbank Studios

We are delighted to once again be able to offer free studio time to a winner. The act who wins the prize will be booked in for 2 weeks' worth of free recording time (six sessions, 30 hours recording time in total).

- Sheer Music Support Slot

Sheer Music are one of the leading music promoters in Wiltshire, having been working on live shows for 15 years booking acts such as Frank Turner, Decade, Beans On Toast and many many more. This year Sheer are offering one winner an opportunity to support a touring act at a Sheer Music show.


Applications are open now, just click the button below to fill in a form​ and we'll be in touch.

Please read our FAQ before applying!


See below for videos from last year's Take The Stage.


Who can apply for Take The Stage?

Any musicians aged 21 and under!

I'm a solo artist but I don't have a band, can I still play?

Absolutely! Whilst the majority of the acts who play Take The Stage are bands, the competition is open to all genres and styles.

How do I apply?

Just fill in this form and we'll be in touch!

Where will it take place?

All heats and the final take place at the Neeld Community & Arts Centre in Chippenham.

Can I play cover songs?

You can play covers but generally speaking, the judges are looking for originality and the acts who have gone on to the final in previous years are usually acts with the best original material. In short - one or two covers is fine but the more original material the better!

How does the voting work and who decides which acts go through the final?

The voting in the heats will be decided by a crowd vote; every member of the audience will be given a voting slip during the night and they will be asked to pick a winner of the heat. After the show, we count up the votes to determine the winner. In the event that the crowd vote is tied, we will have judges on hand to decide who goes through.

Who decides the winner in the final?

We have a team of judges each representing a prize, and each judge will pick a winner for their specific prize. This means that there won't necessarily be one outright winner and several acts may walk away with a prize in the final!