STEP aside X-Factor, Market Rasen is about to host its own talent show event.
The musical gathering will be held in May at The Chase in King Street.
Organiser and Chase landlord Brian Sankey is keen to promote the area’s wealth of talent.
“This is going to be purely a musical event, so either singers, bands or musicians,” Brian told the Rasen Mail.
“We are looking for talented amateurs, rather than professionals; unsigned artists who are just starting up.
“Solo artists, duos, groups and bands will all be welcome.”
Brian, is passionate about live music and is keen to promote local talent and encourage people who are taking their first steps into the music world.
The competition will be held in May and is aimed at the 18 plus age group.
And it’s not just the town’s talent that will be showcased; anyone from within a 50-mile radius of Market Rasen is eligible to enter.
There is no entry fee, but participants will need to provide their own musical equipment, although microphones and amplifiers will be made available.
Entrants need to be able to put on an audition lasting up to three minutes and also be able to provide a five minute slot for the show itself.
The overall prize for the competition will be announced at a later date.
The talent show is part of Brian’s drive to bring more live music into Market Rasen.
To enter the competition, or get more information, give Brian a call on 01673 849621.
Alternatively, post your entry to Talent Contest, c/o 1 King Street, Market Rasen LN8 3BB.
The musical showcase is just part of a larger push to get more live music into the town.
Through his other business, Labrynth Events, Brian is promoting the Festival Hall as a live music venue.
Last month, The Bachelors were in concert at the hall and on May 21, 80s group Stars on 45 will be performing.
And among this month’s regular music nights at The Chase, one of the artists will be an emerging local singing talent.
Tori, from Middle Rasen, will be performing at the pub on Saturday March 26, when she will be performing two or three sets from 9pm.
“Tori called in to the pub to ask about a job and happened to mention she was a singer,” said Brian.
“I heard her demo disc and she has a really good sound.
“I hope people will come along and support this talented 19-year-old.”