Bands invited to join in the Gorleston Makes Music fun

Fine City Chorus in action at last summer’s Gorleston Makes Music final.Picture :Brian Ollington

Fine City Chorus in action at last summer’s Gorleston Makes Music final.Picture :Brian Ollington - Credit: Archant

Are you in a band and want to show off your songs at a popular annual music event in Gorleston?

That is the question from organisers of a seaside search for musical talent are amplifying their calls for bands to step into the spotlight.

Gorleston Makes Music, now in its sixth year, aims to provide a platform for performers to gain experience and exposure by singing and playing in front of picnicking crowds at the town’s bandstand.

It attracts solo singers, duets, choirs and musicians, but would like to feature bigger groups too including bands – from rock to brass.

The event is run by the Gorleston Rotary Club, whose event team leader Mike Getvoldsen said: “We would love to have bands entering to widen the range of music we feature.

“We are geared up to deal with their needs at auditions and the final showcase – and they will find the event is great fun to take part in, as well as the chance to entertain a couple of hundred people at an ‘outdoor gig’.”

Auditions being held at the East Norfolk Sixth Form College on Thursday July 12 at 4pm, but acts are being reminded the deadline of June 30 is looming closer.

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And, with spaces limited, available performers are urged to enter as soon as possible.

Judges will whittle the audition acts down to six to appear in the final from 1pm on Sunday August 19 at the bandstand, which Rotary opened in 2008 to mark the centenary of the charity and friendship organisation.

The competition has cash prizes for finalists, including £250 for the winner sponsored by solicitors Norton and Peskett, but has other benefits for successful acts.

Previous winners have gone on to gain places at music college, work on cruise ships and take lead roles in amateur musical productions. Last year’s event was won by singing duo Ady Young and Nick Kitson.

Entries should be emailed to by June 30.

Any entries aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The event is supported by sponsorship and further offers of financial help are welcomed.

Anyone able to help should email Brian Ollington at

For more information see the events Facebook page @GorlestonMakesMusic