« Back

RSD Unsigned competition returns in 2020 for third year

The competition gives one unsigned artist the opportunity to get their music pressed onto 500 vinyl records for free!

(Designed by We Three Club)

We are excited to be re-launching #RSDUnsigned for its third year!

The competition gives one Under the Radar UK act the opportunity to get their music pressed onto vinyl for free!

Previous winners Barbudo and Heavy Rapids have gone onto receive great radio support, perform alongside bands such as The Courteeners, secure slots at festivals and even headline their own tours.



Entering the competition is easy, as artists simply need to upload a one-minute video showcasing their music here https://www.soundperformance.co.uk/submit 

The prize is hosted by long-time vinyl manufacturers Sound Performance, who are official partners of RSD once again in 2020.

Chris Marksberry, CEO of Sound Performance said: “Sound Performance are proud to be an official sponsor of Record Store Day for 2020 and we are excited to once again be launching the RSD/Sound Performance unsigned competition. New and emerging independent talent is the lifeblood of music and we look forward to seeing the videos from this year’s entrants. The winners get such a great platform to show their music in front of the industry with invaluable exposure and ongoing support from RSD and Sound Performance and I would encourage every band and songwriter that would like to be discovered to enter this competition” 

2020’s winning artist will be chosen by our judges which includes:

Sam Ford – Editor of So Young Magazine
So Young magazine is a printed publication, fully illustrated by emerging and contemporary illustrators focusing on new artists and bands. In a time of disposable music and art, they aim to document what is going on right now up and down the country and overseas in pubs, clubs, squats and living rooms.

Chris Marksberry – Managing Director of Sound Performance
Chris Marksberry is the Managing Director of Sound Performance; a vinyl manufacturing company for over 25 years. Sound Performance are passionate about vinyl and its resurgence which has enabled artists and labels to thrive. In other words, they work behind the scenes to bring us the records we know and love.

Ashli Todd – Owner of Spillers Records
Ashli Todd is the owner of Spillers Records, established in 1894 which is recognised as the oldest record shop in the world. Located in Cardiff’s historic Morgan Arcade, they sell an eclectic mix of genres on CD and vinyl as well as hosting live gigs and music events.

And more judges will be announced in due course!

The competition opens today and will close on the 16th March.

Please head to https://www.soundperformance.co.uk/submit to submit your entry!