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Hoax Live Sessions Competition FAQ's

How can I enter the competition?

By clicking the following link:, and completing the submissions form found on that page.


Is the competition free to enter?

Yes! Free entry for participants & spectators


Is there an age restriction for entering the competition?

Yes, due to venue restrictions and insurance purposes, all participants must be over the age of 14.


Can I enter the competition if I am a signed artist/band?

This competition is only open to unsigned musicians. This means that any act that is under a contract to a record label, including a production company or music publisher, does not qualify to enter. Please see our Terms & Conditions for more information.


Does my genre/style of music matter?

Not at all, we’re just looking for a talented unsigned UK artist.


Is there a limit to how many people can be in my band?

Yes, due to on-stage technical restrictions, all acts are limited to 5 members.


If I make it through to the semi-finals, what equipment should I bring with me?

We will be providing full back line for both the semi-finals and finals, as well as our own sound engineers. We’ll be in contact to ask for your technical spec sheet prior to the event.


Can I bring my own sound engineer?

No, a professional sound engineer will be supplied by us for all venues.


Can I invite my friends and family to come along and watch?

Yes - all venues are free to enter on a first come first served basis, and subject to venue capacity. All spectators MUST be over the age of 14.


Do you have any more details about the running of the semi-finals and final?

If shortlisted, you will be contacted separately with information detailing everything you need to know.


What is the prize?

The winner of this competition will perform a 20 minute opening set on the final night of Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour. Further details will be provided once the winner has been chosen.


How long do I have to sign up for the competition?

Submissions to the competition will be open from 4pm on Friday 14th June and will close on Friday 28th June. For more details on the dates of the semi-finals and final, please see the ‘Competition Information’ at


For all other queries relating to this competition, please contact:






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