Musicians looking to get a step up in there career have the chance to shine as part of Merseyrail Sound Station. The annual Sound Station Prize is drawing to a close with a special festival day taking place across three Merseyrail Station on Saturday 22nd October.

The Festival Day, taking place at Southport, Liverpool Central and Hoylake, is the last chance for musicians to record their entry to be in with a chance of performing at the final in November.

Those wanting to book a place on the Festival Day should send a message to Merseyrail Sound Station via their Facebook page.

The competition, which is celebrating its 4th anniversary this year, is a unique collaboration between Merseyrail and renowned music magazine Bido Lito!

The competition encourages local, undiscovered musicians to film themselves on a smartphone, performing an original track at one of seven designated Performance locations on the Merseyrail network, including Liverpool Central/Liverpool South Parkway/Southport/Kirkby/Wallasey Grove Road/Hoylake/Hooton.

The videos are then uploaded to the Merseyrail Sound Station Facebook page and the ten best entries are invited to perform at a one-day festival at Moorfield’s train station.

A panel of music industry experts select the final winner, who will record with former Joy Division and New Order Engineer Michael Johnson. They also receive a full year of professional music industry mentoring, recording time and free train travel on Merseyrail.

The eventual winner also gains the opportunity to appear on the project’s free monthly podcast which features exclusive live sessions with some of the region’s most exciting new bands, the latest new sounds from across the Merseyrail network, and breaking new music news from Liverpool. The Sound Station project also curate a pop-up stage which gives emerging artists an opportunity to play at the regions top festivals including Sound City, Africa Oyé and LIMF.

Former winners include Katy Alex and rapper Blue Saint who both have gone on to perform at some of the area’s biggest festivals and gigs and develop their sound as a result of the mentoring process.

The Merseyrail Sound Station final takes place on November 19 between 1pm-5pm at Moorfields with a presentation evening taking place at new music venue Hus.

For more information on how to get involved with the competition, visit http://merseyrailsoundstation.com