Today, Marshall Amplification has officially announced the launch of its annual Ultimate Band Contest, which this year will fall on 1st July 2013.
The eagerly-awaited UBC, which has become a diary date for many bands looking to make a name themselves, will offer the winning band a rare chance to take centre stage at Download Festival 2014.
Among the prizes on offer are a customised Marshall Cabinet for the Best Guitarist, an Eden Amp for the Best Bassist and a Natal Snare Drum for the Best Drummer. Other goodies include an editorial feature in Metal Hammer magazine and the highly coveted Marshall fridge for Best Front Person.
The top five shortlisted bands will also be given the opportunity to perform live at the renowned Marshall Theatre in Milton Keynes, UK, in November 2013.
The Ultimate Band Contest will open for entries on 1st July 2013, and bands can enter by submitting either a live video recording or a music video of their band in action. Entrants are invited to upload their videos at www.marshallubc.com. The final submission date for entries is Saturday 31st August 2013.