All submissions will be reviewed by the Futuresound bookers and shortlisted artists will be contacted shortly after the application closure date on Friday 10th May.

Leeds Emerging Competition winners will then be announced on Friday 2nd August.

30 bands will then go through to a series of live heats at The Wardrobe, Leeds where audience votes and a panel of music industry experts will decide the 4 finalists that will play the at Leeds & Reading Festival this Summer.

Please read through the below General Information and Conditions of Entry:

  • Applicants must be from the West Yorkshire region (Postcodes LS, BD, HD, HG, HX, WF, YO) and be full time residents in the region.

  • Unfortunately we cannot accept applications from previous competition winners playing in the same format or under the same band name will be accepted.

  • We will only accept applications from bands performing original material and all acts must be able to perform their demo material in a live 30 minute set

  • Futuresound reserves the right to amend or alter the projects’ format at any time without prior notice, and the decision of the organisers will be final.

  • Band members should all be over the age of 14.

  • You must be available for the full Leeds & Reading Festival weekend (23rd – 25th August 2019).

The live heats of the Leeds Emerging Competition shows will take place on the following dates at The Wardrobe, please make sure you are available for as many as possible, and prioritise this show date as soon as your date is confirmed:


21st June, 4th July, 5th July, 7th July, 11th July, 12th July, 13th July, 18th July, 25th July, 26th July.

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