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As part of the Hastings Fat Tuesday 2017 celebrations, the team are proud to present the inaugural SXSE (South by South East) Saturday, inspired by the similarly named, hugely successful, SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.

The event will take place on Saturday March 5 at the Hastings venues Brass Monkey and Crypt where a shortlist of 12 of the most talented bands from across the Southeast region will vie for the attention of the judging panel in a hectic play-off.photo18_cars

The two venues conveniently situated next to each other enables the acts to piggy-back so that as one band finishes downstairs there is just time to refresh your glass and compare notes as you head upstairs to catch the beginning of the next set. The event will run from 2pm until 08.30pm when the winning act will be announced.

The criteria for the competition is that each set will be a maximum of 20 minutes long and must contain at least one original number, the judging panel will in advance give each act a lucky dip cover to perform, the oldest member of the band can be no older than thirty (ish!) and the acts have to be available on Tuesday 8th March to be included in the FT celebrations should they win. The acts will have been shortlisted by the panel of judges after submitting demo tracks, biographies and band photos via myspace and email.

The judging panel will consist of 6 music industry professionals including at least two producers and a Brighton based independent promoter. The acts will be scored by each judge for musicianship & tightness, lyrics & melody and stage presence & charisma. There will be a short consultation at the end of the competition while the judges make their final decision.

First prize will be to headline SXSE @ The Carlisle, a days’ recording in a professional local studio, a mastering session in a well known London Studio and the chance to support a major UK touring act at the Concord or Albert in Brighton. The 2nd and 3rd place runners up will be the support acts for SXSE @ The Carlisle on Fat Tuesday evening.

SXSE @ The Carlisle is a Fat Tuesday spin off event and A&R interest is expected in the event as well as the Fat Tuesday Tour.

If you wish to be considered for the shortlist then please email a short biography of your band, a band photo and a myspace link to sxse@hastingsfattuesday.co.uk. Closing date for entries is January 31st 2011.

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