NORTH-EAST bands and DJs have been invited to compete for the chance to perform in front of a 3,000-strong festival audience at the 2014 Big Beach Ball in Aberdeen in May.
Aberdeen's annual boutique, one-day music festival at the iconic Beach Ballroom on Sunday, May 4, will bring a host of international DJs and artists to the North-east.
"This year, local bands and DJs can enter a competition to play a set at the festival by registering on the Big Beach Ball website," said a festival spokesman.
"Heats will take place in Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee for the battle of the bands competition and the DJ competition will run in Aberdeen."
Coinciding with the 85th birthday weekend of the Beach Ballroom, the third Big Beach Ball will make the most of five indoor and outdoor sound stages presenting music of all genres.
The 2014 festival has been backed by the EventScotland national programme, which is aiming to drive up domestic tourism, economic impact and media value for Scotland.
Along with National Programme investment, the Big Beach festival has also been added to the Homecoming 2014 programme, which is being marketed by the teams at VisitScotland and EventScotland.
The deadline for entries to the band and DJ competitions, which must be submitted online to www.thebigbeachball.co.uk, is Friday, March 7.
Meanwhile, ticket sales are already going extremely well, according to the organisers, and with the first acts to be confirmed in the next few weeks, they expect sales to gather momentum quickly.
A limited number of early bird tickets, priced at £30 each, are on sale now from various outlets in Aberdeen and Elgin and they can also be bought online at www.thebigbeachball.co.uk.