This article was published in 2008.

At the start of last week the Futuresound competition was announced. This week, it’s the turn of Sandman Magazine.

What are we talking about?

The opportunity to play on the same bill as Rage Against The Machine, Metallica and The Killers at this year’s Leeds Festival, that’s what.

To be in with a chance of selection by Sandman to play the BBC Introducing Stage in August, follow these simple instructions as detailed in the latest Sandman Magazine:

1. Pick 2 of your best tracks - create MP3s of them and label them with the band name and song title, i.e. 1-bandname-songname.mp3 and 2-bandname-songname.mp3.
2. Zip them together and label the resultant zip file with your band name.
3. Upload the zip file to the internet – if you don’t have your own webspace, don’t panic, there are some great sites like or
4. Send an email to competitions [ at ] with the subject line ‘Leeds Festival - Band Name’ and provide a link to where you uploaded your zip file. Make sure you also include your band name, your full contact details and where your band are from.

Do not email Sandman any MP3s!

Closing date for entries is Tuesday 1st July – winners will be announced in the August edition of Sandman.