Jamie Oliver, together with his Union Jacks restaurants, is on the lookout for the next musical sensation.
Jamie knows his music. Ten years ago he launched a similar competition and, before going on to sell more than 10 million albums, Keane shared the glory. This time, as an antidote to the glut of singing contests on TV, Jamie is asking for performers from all backgrounds and genres to get involved. It's not just about winning - it's about sharing amazing music and getting those with real talent the opportunity to showcase their work to influential people.
"I can't wait to see and hear what you talented lot are going to come up with. Live music is one of my favourite things and even though I'm best-known for being a chef, I'm also crazy about good music.
"Jamie's Summer Jam is a great opportunity for super-talented musicians to get in front of their audience and gain huge exposure. I personally guarantee that I will hand over the winning band to some of the most influential bods in the UK music industry. After all, Keane won last time and we all know what happened to them! So get involved, Jamie's Summer Jam is all about spreading the love!"
The most popular entry will secure a slot to play to an audience of up to 25,000 at Jamie's Big Feastival this summer, so whether you're a grungy garage band, a soloist playing a pimped-up violin or a guy on a guitar – send us your tunes. All we ask for is that you can get yourself to London for July 7th to play a live gig in front of some very big fish, that you have your own original lyric-based material and can give us permission to broadcast it. You will also need to be available to play at Big Feastival in the Cotswolds on August 31st.
We're also asking you to get creative and send us video links which we'll share to a huge audience of up to 7 million on Jamie's website.
April 22nd – open for entries via YouTube links . We will showcase a weekly selection of our favourites on Jamie's YouTube channel.
May 30th – entries close and in-house judging begins and a shortlist of three will be invited to play a private gig at Union Jacks in Holborn.
July 7th – three finalists to play at UJs Holborn and filmed for YouTube public vote.
July 29th – winner announced
August 31st – winner to play live gig at Big Feastival.