Date and time
  • Thu 24 January 2019
  • Sat 16 March 2019
Price Free
Venue Various venues in Essex - see below

Supporting grassroots music and emerging artists

Each year the Undiscovered team (part of the Essex Music Network) organise a live music contest which is split into two categories, Solo Acts and Bands. There are prizes to be won, but this is more than just a contest – it’s an opportunity to showcase yourself to a network of music promoters.

Entry deadline for submissions is November 30 2018 so don’t delay.

Enter now for your chance to win 3 days recording (courtesy of Hermit Studios) a Single Release & Music Video. Previous Winners can be found here.

About the contest 

All entries will be judged by a selection panel made up of industry experts and those chosen to progress further will be invited to perform live at a Regional Final, these take place in Jan 2019  (Solo Acts) & Feb 2019 (Bands) where the winners of each will go through to a Grand Final.

Round One: All entries will be judged by a selection panel made up of industry experts.

Round Two: Those chosen to progress further will be invited to perform live at a Regional Final, taking place as follows:

Solo Acts Jan 24 2019 (Colchester), Jan 25th 2019 (Chelmsford), Feb 6 2019 (Basildon)

Bands Feb 1st 2019 (Southend), Feb 7th 2019 (Basildon), Feb 21st (Colchester), Feb 23rd (Chelmsford).

Round Three: Winners of each Regional Final plus one wild card (chosen by the judges) will go through to a Grand Final. Dates are

Solo Acts Friday Feb 22nd 2019 (Cramphorn Theatre Chelmsford)

Bands Saturday March 16th 2019 (Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester)


There is no audience voting in this contest, each final will have three independent judges that will score the artists.

Who can apply?

Entry is FREE and the contest is open to artists of any age, any genre and all types (i.e solo, duo or band). Artists must have at least one musician based in the Essex and have at least one original song.

How to enter

Well it’s easy – simply fill in the application form on here and submit or you can send a demo to:

Undiscovered, c/o The Hermit, Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8AG

About Undiscovered   

The project brings together a network of venues, promoters, producers and other music types from across the county who share the same passion for supporting emerging artists and grassroots music. It is not-for-profit and there is just one simple aim – to help raise the profile of Essex based artists

So if you are yet ‘undiscovered’ then get in touch at .


Founded in 2009, Undiscovered was born out of a common goal of a small group of promoters who all shared a passion for supporting live music. Working under the banner The Essex Music Network (EMA), they decided the best way to work together was to organise a music contest. Not a original idea granted but what made this contest unique was that was to be run by people that are working within the industry, by people that wanted to help new & emerging artists, by people who are not in it for the money.

Since then, and as more and more industry professionals have become part of the EMA , Undiscovered has become a continuing project rather than a just an annual contest and is now part of work of the Essex Music Development Agency.