Yo! Talent is based in north Devon.
There is an opening for a (co-)host, and/or for someone to help on the production – see Host tab.
Can anyone enter?
Anyone can play at the Open Mic, though be prepared for some frank appraisal. The Open Mic will form the first part of the evening or afternoon, and will double as a rehearsal or audition for the second part of the event, the talent show. To enter the talent show, you will need at least one song that you have written and can perform yourself (or yourselves).
Will it cost anything to enter?
This is a tricky one. It would be good to raise money to cover set-up and running costs, and to build up a bit of a prize pot. Any sponsors out there?
To help towards a prize pot and encourage quiet attention during performances, we might charge a modest entrance fee, e.g. £2 per adult or £1 per adult for groups or households. Any feedback on this ..?
For both Open Mic and talent show, we aim to publish at least a partial advance list of named performers.
How many songs will you get to perform?
It depends (1) on the number of performers on a given night, (2) if the judges think you have potential, and (3) if the audience want encores.
To ring the changes and spare audiences tedium, I plan to rotate performers after one or maybe two songs. If the performer is below par a second time, s/he won’t get a third go, unless it’s down to nerves and there is a spark of talent that needs nurturing, in which case they could re-appear at a later date.
Who will progress to later rounds?
As for who goes through to later rounds, the audience will be canvassed, but judges will have the casting vote.
In part Yo! Talent is intended to serve as a feedback forum and workshop for budding songwriters. The sympathetic ambience will give them a safe stage on which to try out their works in progress.