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Battle of the Bands to find Deacon Blue's Hogmanay support act

Battle of the Bands to find Deacon Blue's Hogmanay support act

A few eyebrows were raised when Stonehaven launched a grand Hogmanay music event.

But there was no doubting the organisers' ambitions when Simple Minds topped the bill as Scotland prepared for the arrival of 2014.

Next up, The Human League strutted their stuff in the coastal community at the Open Air in the Square event last December 31.

And this year, the event has secured Scots pop legends Deacon Blue to headline.

It's the latest high-profile festival to be staged in Stonehaven and the OAITS team have unveiled a "Battle of the Bands" competition to find out who should be among the support acts.

If you fancy getting involved, here's how to follow in the footsteps of legends.

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Organisers have confirmed the online battle is up and running and have urged groups to enter the contest.

They can take part by providing links to online appearances and a minimum of two recorded tracks.

And there are no restrictions on the type of music which might gain the judges' nod.

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All you need to do is send your links, along with your band's name and a biography, to this email address.

The deadline to enter is October 13.

Thereafter, ten finalists will be chosen to take part in the second round of the competition where the bands will perform live at Stonehaven Town Hall to win a coveted slot supporting Deacon Blue to bring in the bells.

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