The Voice Festival UK yesterday released its first press release for the upcoming 2012 competition, with the revelation that it will include a sixth regional round, which will take place in Bristol.
This confirms rumours that several groups from the University of Exeter will be participating, with The Sweet Nothings, Semi-Toned and Take Note the favourites to make the step up to competitive competition, and with the Leeds A Cappella Singers also set to apply, this would make the Festival another record-breaking year in terms of participating groups.
The Festival has also decided to add a Community competition, which is for those not in higher education but wish to participate regardless. This emphasises the Festival’s domination of a cappella in the UK, and could see professional groups competing in the Festival for the first time.
We here at the blog are thoroughly excited for the highlight of the collegiate a cappella year in the UK, and look forward to seeing all the groups, from perennial challengers such as Out of the Blue and current champions Cadenza to any newcomers that will be participating. For the groups, the hard work starts here!
For more information about the Voice Festival UK, see their Website.
A couple more auditioning groups to inform you of:
The Other Guys from the University of St Andrews are auditioning for new male members. The group, most well known for their YouTube video, Royal Romance, are looking to recruit after losing six members last year. The auditions will be held on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th of September. In order to audition, you must book a slot via email, on firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found here.
As mentioned briefly a couple of days ago, the Leeds A Cappella Singers are also auditioning on September 26th. For more information, email email@example.com.
Our Group Directory page has had a revamp!
We have added competition results, a small group description and a contact email address (where available) to each group, and also added 7 new groups to the list: The Leeds A Cappella Singers and six groups from the University of Exeter.
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A group from the University of Leeds, aptly named the Leeds A Cappella Singers, are hoping to be the latest group to join the Voice Festival UK line-up for 2012, according to their website.
But with no official word from VF-UK, the decision is yet to be made final.
As it stands, this will take the number of groups competing this year to 24, a record for the competition. With Birmingham being the closest regional round, UACUK suspects they will be facing the likes of 2011 finalists Augmented Seven, as well as the rest of the Birmingham-based groups.
The group will be auditioning from 26th September. More information can be found here.