Play to thousands on the big stage at the Spirit of Tring

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LAST year’s hugely successful music festival Spirit of Tring is coming back, and this year three local youth bands will get the opportunity to play on stage on the final night.

The lucky youngsters will share the limelight with the other Saturday performers – Berkhamsted based classic soul and disco divas Planet Funk, and stars from the West End smash hit musical Mamma Mia who, backed by the English National Orchestra, will entertain the audience with all those Abba favourites.

The competition – Play Live – is open to bands whose members are under 25 and who are based in the radius that stretches between Aylesbury and Hemel Hempstead.

Entries will be judged on videos posted on You Tube and shown on the Spirit of Tring website.

Each band that enters can post one song, less than four minutes long, which will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the organiser Grass Roots and the event partners.

As well as forming their own opinion based on what they see, the judges will also take into account the number of You Tube hits that each video gets.

Grass Roots chairman David Evans said: “Every member of a young band dreams of playing on the big stage.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for a few talented performers to fulfil that dream.

“Who knows, it could be the stage that propels them to stardom?”

Neil Harris who runs Project Rock Education is also excited about the competition: “I work with a lot of young bands in the Tring and surrounding areas and they will jump at the chance to play at the Spirit of Tring.

“Those who were lucky enough to get on stage in Tring High Street at the Christmas festival know just what a thrill it can be.”

The Spirit of Tring festival opens on Friday, June 3 with The Great British Proms classical spectacular.

Full details of the concerts and how to enter Play Live are available at www.spirit-of-tring.com or by emailing Charlotte.moore-moffatt@grg.com.

The Spirit of Tring concerts are part of the Tring Summer Festival, not for profit and aim to raise money for local community organizations.