Terms & Conditions


1. Eligibility

1.1 This Competition is open to UK residents only (excluding Northern Ireland). Those excluded from the Competition include employees and the immediate families of the Promoter, DIY Music Limited, Brown Forman Beverages Europe, and their respective subsidiaries, other group companies, agents, and anyone else professionally connected with this Competition.

1.2 The application form is open from 0:01 on 14th June 2019 and closes 23.59 on 12th July 2019 for those aged 18 and over (before the first heat of the Competition on 1st August 2019) in a band of no more than six (6) members (either signed or not signed to a record label).

1.3 Entries are restricted to one per band. Any entries received after the closing date will be automatically disqualified.

1.4 Bands must not have a contract that would otherwise prevent them from performing in the Competition. The Promoter and any O'Neill's venue manager reserve the right to require band members to provide age verification as required. Failure to provide satisfactory age verification for all band members will result in disqualification.

1.5 The winning band must be available to play a three city UK tour in the first week of October 2019 (locations and venues to be confirmed).

2. Entry Mechanism

2.1 Bands must sign up to the Competition via the Sound of Summer website and enter:

  1. the details of their band;
  2. a photo of their band;
  3. a biography of their band;
  4. reasons as to why they should be included in the Sound of Summer;
  5. links to the band's music; and
  6. any other relevant material that the band may think is applicable such as social media handles.

2.2 A list of participating venues for the first round of the Competition heats can be seen in the application form. Bands will be required to select at least two (2) preferences of venue to compete in the first heat.

3. The Competition

3.1 The Competition is divided into four (4) stages:

  1. Online application;
  2. First round local heat;
  3. Regional Semi-finals; and
  4. the National final.

A. Online Application

3.2 All compliant online entries will be reviewed and if selected will go through to the Local heats on the 1st August 2019. Bands will be notified by phone call and receive a confirmatory email of the location and date of the competition by email they provided before 25th July 2019.

B. First round local heat

3.3 First round local heats will take place on 1st August 2019 at the participating venues.

3.4 In the first round of local heats the winning band will be chosen by a panel of a maximum of three (3) independent judges according to their performance, and their appropriateness of music and style. The winner will be announced on the night, at the end of the event. The competition judges' decision will be final, and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into. A runner up will be chosen at each event. If the winner of the event drops out of the competition, the runner up will be offered the winner's position within the competition.

C. Semi-Finals

3.5 One winning band per venue will progress to six (6) regional semi-finals which will take place over two nights on 15th and 22nd August 2019. The regional semi-finals will take place at the following locations and times (winning bands will be notified of which regional semi-final they must attend): O'Neill's Reading 15th August 2019; O'Neill's Wardour Street 15th & 22nd August 2019; O'Neill's Nottingham 22nd August 2019; O'Neill's Glasgow 22nd August 2019; O'Neill's Birmingham 22nd August 2019.  There will be one winning band from each regional semi-final, judged by independent industry judges.

3.6 Each winning band per regional semi-final will progress to the final and will be notified of their win on the night in question. A runner up will be chosen at each event. If the winner of the event drops out of the competition, the runner up will be offered the winner's position within the competition. The £1,000 cash prize and Jack Daniels goody bag for each regional winning band will be supplied to each winner upon completion of the competition in the week commencing 16th September 2019.

D. The Finals

3.7 The six (6) winning bands from the Regional semi-finals will be reviewed by an independent industry panel where a final National winner will be chosen. The National winner will then receive the National winner prize (as defined in Clause 4 below). A runner up will be chosen for the National winner. If the National winner of the event drops out of the competition, the runner up will be offered the winner's position within the competition.

3.8 The independent industry panel's decision will be final and binding.

3.9 The Promoter reserves the right to amend the voting and judging processes outlined above before each Competition stage or event takes place.

4. The Prize

4.1 There are two sets of prizes within the Sound of Summer 2019 campaign.

4.2 The six regional winners will receive £1,000 cash prize and a Jack Daniels goody bag. This will be distributed to the regional winners on the week commencing 16th September 2019. If the regional winner drops out of the competition, this prize will be assigned to the runner up band which takes their place.

4.3 The National winner will receive the regional winner prize plus a chance to play at the Jack Daniels Jack Presents gig on 17th October 2019 and to perform a three city UK tour in the first week of October 2019 (locations and venues to be advised).

4.4 The prizes are non-transferable and cannot be sold or auctioned. No cash or alternative prize will be offered. The Promoter reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond the Promoter's control makes it necessary to do so.

5. Winner Announcement and Notification

5.1 During Stage 1, bands will be notified of their invitation to join the Competition via the phone number and email address listed on their online application form.

5.2 During Stages 2 and 3 bands will be notified of their win or loss on the night in question. The runner up will also be confirmed on the night. This confirmation will be followed up with an email to the winner and runner up of the events.

5.3 The winning band of the Competition will be announced in the week commencing 9th September 2019.

6. Requirements

6.1 Each band is allowed to perform up to three (3) songs during each stage of the Competition, all of which must be original material. The band is responsible for obtaining appropriate licences for their performance of the material.

6.2 The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify bands if their conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the Competition. The Promoter may at its discretion refuse entry to, or remove competitors from, each participating venue, and disqualify entrants.

6.3 Bands will be required to supply their own equipment and must pay for all their own travel and any expenses incurred throughout the Competition. Bands and their equipment must comply with each venue's health and safety requirements.

7. Limitations

7.1 The Promoter (and its group companies) will not be responsible for Competition entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause, including, for example, as a result of any postal failure, equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind; or proof of posting or transmission as proof of receipt of entry to the Competition.

7.2 The Promoter will not accept competition entries that are:

  • automatically generated by computer;
  • completed by third parties or in bulk;
  • illegible, have been altered, reconstructed, forged or tampered with;
  • photocopies and not originals; or
  • incomplete.

7.3 Insofar as is permitted by law, neither the Promoter, nor its affiliated companies, agents, employees or distributors will in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winners or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, and/or its respective affiliated companies, agents, distributors or employees. The winners' statutory rights are not affected.

8. Marketing Consent

8.1 All Competition entries and accompanying material submitted to the Promoter will become the property of the Promoter on receipt and will not be returned. By agreeing to the Terms and Conditions bands acknowledge they may be photographed and filmed performing and images and videos of their performances will be shared across the Promoter's (and its group companies')websites and social media.

8.2 Bands agree that the Promoter may, but is not required to, make such recordings available as set out above and on any other media, whether now known or invented in the future, and in connection with any publicity of the Competition. Each band agrees to grant the Promoter and its respective group companies a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable licence, for the full period of any intellectual property rights in the competition entry and any accompanying materials, and any recordings and photographs of any performance, to use, display, publish, transmit, copy, edit, alter, store, re-format and sub-licence such materials for such purposes and on such media as the Promoter shall at its sole discretion determine.

8.3 The winning band of the Competition and the five (5) runners up agree that the Promoter (and its respective group companies) may use the band names, image and county of residence to announce the winners of this Competition and for any other reasonable and related promotional purposes. Where required by the Promoter the entrants agree to participate in such publicity and promotional events as the Promoter shall reasonably require.

9. Data Protection

9.1 The name of the winning entry can be viewed on the Sound of Summer website from the day after the decision by the competition judges on 9th September 2019.

9.2 All personal data passed to the Promoter will be handled in accordance with the Promoter's privacy policy, and may be passed to the Brown Forman Group and to DIY Music Limited for the purpose of administering the competition: https://www.mbplc.com/privacy/.

10. Other

10.1 By entering this Competition bands will be deemed to have accepted and will be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

10.2 The Promoter reserves the right to hold void, suspend, cancel, or amend the Competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

10.3 These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by English law, and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Promoter: The promoter is Mitchells & Butlers Leisure Retail Limited, 27 Fleet Street, Birmingham B3 1JP