The search is on to discover and showcase the musical talents of people living in and around Wellingborough.
While the X Factor may be over for another year, the best young musicians, singers and bands now have the chance to enter Wellingborough’s Got Talent.
It is hoped the event will showcase the wealth of musical talent in the area.
Those participating will get to perform on stage at The Castle theatre in the town before the audience chooses who they think the winner is on the night.
Mayor of Wellingborough Graham Lawman said: “As I’ve gone round various events during my mayoral year I’ve seen that we have so much talent in the borough.
“I thought we needed a showcase for this, and an opportunity for our musical young people to appear on a big stage and have their talent celebrated.
“The Castle agreed to run with the idea and we’re looking forward to a fantastic show later this month.
“We only have a couple of slots left, so any young people out there who would like the chance to shine at Wellingborough’s Got Talent have just a few days left to enter the competition.”
The show is being held in aid of the mayor’s charity fund.
It is open to young people aged between 14 and 30 years old.
Entrants can be any kind of musical act of any genre, as long as it is music.
The only other criteria is participants must have a connection to the borough, so they either live, work or go to school or college in the Wellingborough area.
Anyone wishing to enter can do so by sending in a CD, MP3 or link to YouTube.
Help is available for anyone wanting to enter but unsure of how to submit an example of their music, by calling The Castle’s participation manger on 01933 229022 and choosing option eight.
A spokesman for Wellingborough Council said there were only a few remaining slots for participants so any singers, musicians or bands wishing to enter were advised to get their entry in as soon as possible.
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 14.
The first prize has yet to be confirmed but it is hoped it will include time in a recording studio.
Other smaller prizes will also be up for grabs.
Tickets for the show at The Castle on Thursday, January 23, cost £6 each or four tickets for £20.
For more information about the event, which starts at 7pm, or to buy tickets, call The Castle on 01933 270007.