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Grinagog Introducing Terms and Conditions (Over 18s)


This is the terms and conditions for OVER 18s entering the competition. For under 18s please


1. It is open to any group, band, or artist who reside in Torbay and the surrounding area (at leaset 50% of the band must be 'local').

2. Acts must not be professionally signed to any record label, agency or other organisation and must therefore be “amateur” in the strictest sense of the word. Definition of professionally signed is a group/artist whose members receive regular and taxable payment from the group’s earnings and/or have management who are paid to conduct the group/artists’ work.

4.The competition final will be held in front of a public audience and before a panel of expert and lay judges. The judges will make awards to the competitors and their decision on all matters will be final. The event organisers will appoint the judges and their decision is final in all aspects.

5. The closing date for entries to the competition will be February 10th 2018 

6.In the event of more than 6 entries the judges will decide on a shortlist of acts that will go on to perform in the competition. This will be based on any material (songs/videos) submitted with your application and your artist bio. 

6.1 The shortlist of successful entries who will perform in the event will be announced on February 16th 2018 

7. Each entry will play:

· A programme (set) of not less than 10 min and not longer than 15 min.

· One song will be performed as a warm-up/sound check item. This will not be judged.

· Entries will be penalised for a too short program and those who go over the 15 minute mark will be “switched off”.

8. Entries must be totally live and not have any pre-recorded parts to it. The only exception to this will be:

· Sequenced tracks as part of a techno performance. At least 50% of the performance must be played live.

· Use of decks.

9. Participants will be required to use the provided PA, Basic back-line (bass/keyboard amps) and Drum Kit. Guitarists should bring their own amps where possible. You must also bring your own instruments, effects units, leads, snare drum, stool and cymbals. There will be a short set-up time for each act. A detailed line-up sheet will be sent nearer the time.

10. Acts will be judged on:

a] Technique and control of instruments.

b] Performance (confidence and poise),

c] Presentation (appearance and personal presentation plus audience communication) and

d] Entertainment value (performers are expected to introduce themselves and their programme).

11. This is a music competition and awards will be musically based. Dance and stage performance may be used but will form only a small element of the judging in terms of entertainment value.

12. It is the performers’ responsibility to ensure that the material used in their performance is of an acceptable standard and conforms to public entertainment standards. Bad language is not admissible nor any statements or actions which could be interpreted as prejudice or inflammatory against race, colour, creed, religion, sexuality, or gender. Any breeches of this rule will result in the immediate suspension from the competition and set terminated (switched off). If there is any doubt please consult the organisers before the competition.

13. Candidates must produce a printed “running sheet” of their programme including composers and publishers to conform to copyright legislation.

14. Prizes: The overall winner will play a set on the main stage at Grinagog Festival 2018 and receive a day's recording at Ocean Studios. The runner up will get a set on one of the other stages at the festival and a day's recording at Ocean Studios.

15. Candidates will be disqualified should they falsify, directly or inadvertently, any information in connection with this competition,

16. Please note that there are no complimentary tickets to the event.Ticket prices for the over 18s event are £5 and are available from Torre Abbey

17. The Festival organisers reserve the right to change or amend these rules and conditions without notice should they see fit. They also reserve the right not to make any award should they deem circumstances warrant. In the event of a complaint or dispute, this should be made in writing to:-   Torbay Music Service, Torquay Town Hall. Torquay, TQ3 3DR. 

18.In the event that less than five acts enter the competition, the event will be cancelled.

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