Willow Festival in March

Willow Festival 2014 at Embankment.  Third Stone From The Sun band  playing the  SILENT BAND SESSION  where you listen to them on headphones. EMN-141207-193400009
Willow Festival 2014 at Embankment. Third Stone From The Sun band playing the SILENT BAND SESSION where you listen to them on headphones. EMN-141207-193400009
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A popular music festival will be rolling into March next week.

Organisers of Peterborough’s Willow Festival will be holding an open mic night for the first time at George’s on Wednesday, March 2.

Director Mark Ringer will be running these events across East Anglia in the run-up to this year’s festival in July.

The Willow Festival, held on The Embankment, is the world’s largest festival for new and unsigned artists.

Mr Ringer says the open mic sessions are social and networking events for musicians along with giving them a chance to hone new material.

He said: “Open mic nights are opportunity for artists to showcase themselves and they can also pick up work from the venue.

“It is a really good place for people who want to something in industry whether as semi-pro or professional.

“It is also a meeting place for artists and they can develop relationships with other musicians.

“We also have bands come along and try out new material before putting it in their set lists.”

“There are no restrictions. It is open to people who sing purely covers or original material.

“The only thing we don’t do is karaoke.

“Vocalists can come along with a list of songs and we can find musicians to play those and relationships develop from there.”

The session will start at 7.30pm tonight in George’s.

Mr Ringer also has a contract with Thames TV to facilitate contestants for the X-Factor.

An audition session for this will be held at the Argo Lounge, Peterborough, on Wednesday, March 9. If you want to take part contact 01733 751864.