Auditions for Yateley’s annual music festival will take place in April, it has been announced.
Gig on the Green 2014 returns for the fourth year running on June 28, featuring a line-up of regional bands, tribute acts and an opportunity for the under-18s to shine in its Y Factor competition.
The search to find the area’s most talented young people begins with auditions at Yateley School in School Lane on April 26.
With three separate age categories, four finalists from each age group will have the opportunity to perform live on the main stage in front of thousands of festival-goers.
Last year around 4,300 people attended - 800 more than the previous year - making it the most successful in the festival’s history.
Colin Ive, chairman of Yateley Sport CIC, the volunteer group in charge of organising the event, said this year was going to be "bigger and better".
He said: “It was a very successful event last year with a brilliant atmosphere.
“We are really keen to have local performers. Yateley singer Siana Schofield, who won our Y Factor competition in 2012, went on to win the Open Mic UK contest last year.
“Singer Alexa Goddard who was a student at Yateley School performed at our very first festival and is doing fantastically well, releasing her new single in April.
“It is not until you start looking around for local talent, [that] you realise how much there is out there.”
Mr Ive made a presentation at the full council meeting of Yateley Town Council to reveal confirmed plans for this year’s festival.
New this year will be an acoustic area for local performers.
He announced that town councillors would be given free tickets in recognition of their support in allowing the event to take place on The Green and at The Tythings in Reading Road, Yateley.
Councillor Adrian Collett said: “Gig on the Green has bought thousands of people from all over the area to Yateley.
“The public must be enjoying it because they keep coming back.”
Town mayor Gerry Crisp said: “It is good to have entrepreneurship in the town and the festival seems to be moving forward in a positive way.”
Cllr Don Benham said: “Mr Ive has is part of our community and has put four years of effort in.”
Mr Ive also announced that Romans, Hart Taxis and McDonald’s would sponsor the event and tickets would remain at last year’s prices.
The confirmed line-up for the festival will be announced soon, but boys and girls interested in taking part in the Y Factor can apply online now at www.gigonthegreen.co.uk .