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AVA Emerging Talent Competitions


AVA Festival in Belfast is offering emerging talents the chance to perform at the June showcase

The AVA Emerging Competitions are back for their third year, this time calling all emerging electronic music producers, DJ’s and Visual Artists based across the UK and Ireland. AVA is committed to showcasing both local and international talent and their AVA Emerging competitions are the perfect opportunity to shine a light on the strength of the thriving underground scene. The competitions have continued to progress each year and offer a genuine opportunity and platform for emerging artists to get their work showcased to a wider audience. For 2017, AVA has added a new Emerging Visual Artist Category and brought on a host of new exciting partners.

The Emerging Producer competition will see AVA team up with Native Instruments and Extended Play. The winning track and producer will be signed to Extended Play as well as securing a feature on the FMB Blog and airtime on BBC’s Across The Line. On top of this they will receive tech support from Native instruments and mentoring and artist development support from JMX & T-BONE.

AVA will collaborate again with Belfast Underground Records for the Emerging DJ competition, which gives the opportunity for an up and coming DJ to showcase their skills in a 30 minute mini mix, with 3 finalists performing in a live final on Belfast Underground Records Radio. The winning DJ will join the AVA 2017 lineup and perform at the festival as well as showcase on Belfast Underground Records Radio.

The new Emerging Visual Artist competition will see AVA co-partner with Dazed & Confused, Bullitt Hotel and Belfast Photo Festival to offer an artist with significant potential and creativity both media & City-wide exposure. The three categories include photography, moving image or audio-visual arts. The theme for 2017s Emerging Visual Artist is Belfast and the prize is open to emerging artists of all ages and career paths. The finalists will be showcased across AVA Festival & Conference 2017. There will be a shortlist made in each category with one overall Visual Artist winner that will get a feature in Dazed & Confused. The highest ranked Photography entry will be selected to do an AVA Festival Photo Diary that will be showcased by a selected publication. The shortlisted moving image and audio-visual entries will be showcased across the city and at AVA Festival.

Since last year, 2016 Emerging Producer competition winner Quinton Campbell has gone on to Debut his EP ‘FM Patterns‘ on Extended Play Recordings be nominated by Nialler9/Tower Records as one of the Top Club Tracks of 2016 and Best Irish Songs of 2016. He has also gone on to play shows at ADE with AVA X Percolate, District 8 and Pygmalion. The Emerging DJ winner Bine has also gone on to play for Northern Irish heavyweights Shine on NYE, The Night Institute as well as features on Belfast Underground Radio and Rawsum Radio.

Applications now open. Closing date Friday May 5th. You can find more information on the event here.