Great Music Stories 7th Band of the Year

GREAT MUSIC STORIES Search for Band of the Year

GREAT MUSIC STORIES has launched their search for the 7th annual “Band of the Year” which has become a tradition and a platform to showcase a generation of new talent on the rock and blues scene. 

There are just a few days left to vote! This year’s voting closes on Wednesday 10th November at midday!

Go to the voting page at No registration required, have a say in two clicks.

This year, 183 acts are in the running – including all the artists who have been given time to do an interview since last December, plus the bands that made an original set for the summertime ‘Spirit of Wildfire 3’ radio festival.

In the finest tradition of these legendary awards, GMS doesn’t pick a shortlist, the bands do: Those that give time to listeners during the year are on the list.

More than a quick vote that might favor those acts with the biggest fan clubs, takes a year-round vision and lives beyond social media. Each month, the bands that give an interview are in the listener vote for Band of the Month. For the Band of the Year all the votes from all the monthly vote are added up (with the final vote) to give an annual winner. For the final November vote all the bands from all 12 months get a final outing together.

Guy B

Indie rock radio host GUY B who emcees the vibrant weekly rock show GREAT MUSIC STORIES and fully embraces the convergent New Wave of Classic Rock said “Over the years we have learned how to run a vote that gives everyone a fair chance or recognition. Big bands can leverage their fan clubs, but small bands can do interviews during the year and pick up more votes as the year rolls on.” 

 our listeners and followers have been good at calling great bands early..

We share news on the vote via social media channels but through the Friday show we also get lots of votes from listeners that are outside the rock social media world. From the monthly votes so far, it’s clear many people are voting for who they’ve enjoyed discovering and, I hope, the votes do their bit to give underdogs a lift and put the spotlight on the wonderful breadth of talent in the scene today. The track record of the annual Band of the Year vote has been pretty good, our listeners and followers have been good at calling great bands early.

This year’s Band of the Year will receive a package of practical benefits that support the band’s evolution in the year ahead. The package includes:

  • A festival slot at Wildfire Festival 
  • A festival slot at LoveRocks Festival 
  • 60-minute Winner’s interview 
  • A band all-dayer on GMS Radio
  • A two-page magazine feature 
  • 5-city UK tour run with Reach 360 Promotions
  • A London band photoshoot with Eric Duvet photography 
  • A free one-hour business consultation with Rob Town

This year’s voting closes on Wednesday 10th November at midday. The top 20 bands and Band of The Year will be revealed on the Friday rockshow on 19 December 5-8pm – airing from

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