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Northern Exposure announces an exciting competition working in support of Children’s Hospital Charity with Lakefest!


5 bands will be selected from entries received to play at the O2 Academy Sheffield on the 21st of July,  this will be judged by leading industry figureheads including the man who signed Oasis, Alan Mcgee and more TBA. The winning band will be selected on the night to play a slot on the Gold stage at Lakefest.  Headliners include Manic Street Preachers, Leftfield, Supergrass, The Reytons and many more.


One lucky band will win the following:

  • A Gold Stage, prime, evening slot. On whichever date works best for the winning band.
  • The band, plus one guest each member, will receive full festival access for the weekend with use of the VIP Gold marquee.
  • The artist/band will be able to liaise with a production manager regarding backline, load in/out etc –  PA, lights and crew will be of the
    highest standard ensuring the winning band will look and sound great.

Judges will be looking talent, crowd support (because this is a charity night and our efforts are focused on raising as much as we can for the kids) and professionalism.


Please send your best two tracks either (YouTube links, Spotify or MP3’s), a bio and links to your social media accounts to contactnorthernexposuremusic@gmail.com

You must be available to play on the 21st of July for the competition final in Sheffield. You must also be available for the dates of Lakefest from the 11-14th of August (although you will be able to stay the whole weekend if you wish). We are also asking for a minimum of £5 going directly to Children’s Hospital Charity. If you can give more than £5 please consider it!.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE is fundraising for The Children’s Hospital Charity (justgiving.com)

The cut off for entries is midnight on the 30th of June. The five finalists will be notified by email by the 7th of July.

When making your donation please state your band name on the message option or if you’d rather remain anonymous please screenshot and send with your application.

2022 sees the 10th anniversary of the boutique festival which was born as a cider festival, and with an audience then, of some 500 people, the event this year will feature performances from The Manic Street Preachers, Supergrass, Leftfield, UB40, Ride, The Shakes and a host of others, to some 25,000 music lovers. Located in the heart of England, at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, Lakefest has gone from strength to strength, winning a host of commendations including ‘best UK small festival.’

Lakefest has also offered a handful of heavily discounted tickets with £20 from each purchase going to the children’s hospital charity here:

Sheffield | Lakefest 2022

They are also donating 5p from every pint sold over the weekend.

BBC Introducing have been curating a stage for a number of years, now: making Lakefest the perfect springboard for emerging talent to perform in front of a fresh fan-base.


The Children’s Hospital Charity change children’s lives every day by supporting pioneering ground-breaking medical treatment and creating a comfortable and engaging environment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is one of only three dedicated children’s hospital trusts in the UK and provides integrated healthcare for children and young people, including community and mental health care as well as acute and specialist services. They see children from 0-16 in most cases and in some cases up to 18 and provide a full range of services for residents of Sheffield and South Yorkshire as well as specialised services for patients from across the United Kingdom.

Donations, fundraising, sponsorship and everything in between help create a healthier future for children and young people who visit Sheffield Children’s, funding projects that are over and above the standard NHS provision.




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