Battle of the Bands ’24

@ The Floral Hall 31st August 2024

Battle of the Bands 2024

–  The Hottest new Event to give musical talent a spring board into the industry –

In Partnership with chart achieving UK record label Red Sun Records, their associated management Arm Palm Island Music and Award winning writer/producer Jim Lawton.

Hosted at the iconic Floral Hall Hornsea

Each year in addition to organizing and running the carnival, we try to think of new and exciting ways to engage with the community and support the future of the region.

We have always had strong links with local music talent, as an event we organize and promote a band stage which has always been free for all local and non-local bands to play on, showcasing their skills to the wider community, the stage has been home to some amazing home grown talent an proven and excellent springboard for these bands to secure local gigs and allow youngsters to follow their dreams. We have had some truly amazing talent grace our stage over the last 20 years and we want to be able to give them more.

This Event has been over a year in the making, and only really made a possibility from the relationship that the Carnival team have with chart achieving UK record label  Red Sun Records, their associated management Arm Palm Island Music and Award winning writer/producer Jim Lawton from Electric Enemy

This relationship has paved the way for what will be the first Battle of the Bands in Hornsea, which will be held at the Iconic Floral Hall, with a truly life changing prize for the successful band.

But before we speak more about that lets look at some facts and figures

Did you know that there are 150,000 records a day released and the chances of a band ‘breaking’ through, achieving chart status, a fanbase following and therefore a business model that turns a profit are sadly less than a million to one.

The music industry is an ultra high risk business however, those that do make it see substantial and regular rewards.

Exposure is king and one undeniable record can and often does change everything for an artist.

We all know countless bands that have had a lifelong lucrative career from very often just one hit record but finding the award-winning person to write such a song is expensive and more or less impossible for a young unconnected artist to find.

Same story for finding and working with the right producer who can make that record into something very special to stand out from the noise.

Releasing music on various digital platforms is actually very accessible, however some platforms carry far more industry respect than others.  Red Sun Records release all their music through the hugely respected distributor AWAL who are owned by Sony. This platform is not normally available to new artists and whilst anyone can apply, the truth is you cannot just simply get distributed by them unless you have a track record.

Jim Lawton is an ISC (International Songwriting Competition) and John Lennon award winning songwriter and producer, He currently writes for and with countless signed artists. He writes for Sony Music, Universal Records and is contracted around the world for his remarkable services.

Lisa Muscatt from Red Sun Records has secured for their acts global deals with Sony Music, Better Noise Records (NY), 6 figure merchandise advances, global publishing deals, supports on the biggest tour in the world 2018 (P!NK) and countless music placement deals including Netflix, Disney+, ESPN, HBO and every UK terrestrial TV channel.

What Can you Win ?

–  No other Event in the Region has a prize like this  –

  • A song written and produced by a multi award winning writer/producer.
  • The track creation process fully overseen Red Sun Records and their 60 x UK top 20 & 7 x UK # 1 achieving team.
  • 1 to 2 days in a state of the art professional recording studio with all studios rental costs and engineers fees paid.
  • Final recording mastered at the world famous Metropolis studios
  • Single artwork designed and created by Lisa Muscatt of Red Sun Records using the bands logo (one designed if they do not have one)
  • Release of the record on the Red Sun Records label & distributed through the AWAL/SONY platform to all the DSP’s including Spotify/Amazon/Apple/Deezer
  • Online Radio plugger engaged to promote the record to online platforms
  • Online press plugger engaged to promote the song to online press and blogging platforms
  • A package worth in excess of £18k

– Meet the Judges –

Jim Lawton

A John Lennon and double ISC award-winner Jim Lawton is a prolific Songwriter producer and multi instrumentalist whose career is being defined by a series of significant achievements in the music industry.

Jim currently writes for Universal, Sony artists and his recent works have been used by Netflix, Disney+, ESPN, HBO, BeatStar, BBC, ITV & Channel 4,

Jim has co-produced alongside Grammy award-winning Foo Fighters producer Adrian Bushby and Royal Blood Producer Pete Hutchins and he is currently writing in partnership with Ivor Novello twice nominated and 60 x UK top 20 achieving writer / Producer Ray Hedges on projects for a diverse array of artists, further solidifying his reputation as a creative force to be reckoned with. He has collaborated and featured with UK #1 achieving artist Example, toured as main support throughout Europe with Jerry ‘Alice In Chains Cantrell , played main stage Isle Of Wight and recently performed 2 sold out UK tours with his band Electric Enemy.

John Armstrong

John is a multi instrumentalist session musician and songwriter. He has toured with and supported many household name acts across UK and Europe, including 5 Seconds of Summer, Don Broco, Scouting For Girls, Bang Bang Romeo, Nile Rogers, Francis and Sunset Suns.

He has worked as both performer and sessions musician for Universal Records, Island Records and Modest management.

His own previous band won the Isle of Wight Festival Battle of the bands in 2015, competing with over 10,000 entrants that year.

Violet Verigo

Violet Verigo is a London based actress, musician, and movie stunt artist.

She played Krystyna, Sienna Miller’s aupair in Netflix’s Anatomy of a Scandal and has appeared in notable BBC dramas World on Fire and London Kills. Violet has featured on tracks with Example and Todd Edwards, and has performed the theme tune for Channel 4’s The Undeclared War.

Her stunt credits include Tomb Raider and Masters of the Air.

When she isn’t busy filming or toplining dance tracks, Violet plays keytar in rock band Electric Enemy.

Guy Stanway

UK chart top 20 achieving writer, artist Manager and CEO of Red Sun Records, Guy has worked on many aspects of what is regarded by many as the most exciting business on the planet and his 30 years music industry experience have helped him navigate through and adapt to the challenging ever changing marketplace.

Having developed and taken artists from £20 a night club gigs to major recording contracts, global publishing deals, countless main stage festivals and the largest stadium stages Europe has to offer Guy feels he has a pretty good grasp of the industry’s expectations and what an artist needs to do to break through and stand out from the 150,000 records a day being released.


Battle of the Bands 2024 Application

We will Provide Backing line, Drum Set, Bass Rig, Microphones - our provider The Gigg Shop will link up with successful applicants.

Act / Band Information

Links to your work

Social Links

– Terms and Conditions 2024 –


  • All musical genres welcome!
  • Solo Act’s and bands Welcome
  • We categorise a full band as one that uses a complete drum kit in their set or comprises groups of more than three musicians.
  • All ages welcome (under 16’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult)
  • Closing date for Consideration is 15th July 2024
  • Successful Acts / Bands will be notified by the end of July and will have 30 days to prepare for the live show.
  • Acts / Bands will be chosen to compete based on their artistic ability and instrumentation. We will review all applications and select number of  Acts / bands to compete.
  • This competition is for amateur musicians only. Bands signed by any record company (including independent record labels) are not eligible to compete.
  • Absolutely no lip-syncing, backing track vocals or karaoke, however, a solo artist may use a backing track if they do not play instruments.
  • Acts / Bands must be available to perform on 31st August 2024 for the live show @ the Floral Hall
  • Acts / Bands must have their own original Music, and need to play at least one original track and one cover (all cover tracks need to be approved to avoid duplicates at the live show
  • Act’s / bands can not help nor assist one another
  • 15 minute turn around per Act / Group
  • 2 Songs required per Act / Group
  • The judges/organisers’ decisions are final and must be accepted in good spirit by all Acts / bands. No challenge need be accepted, nor explanation need be given.
  • No Cash alternative for the prize
  • Any breaking of the rules above or failure to follow instruction from the Carnival Team or the Judges will result in forfeiture of the prize.
  • Further guidelines will be issued to successful bands.