Last year's winners, Sundara Karma, have been chosen as one of the "BBC Introducing picks" for 2013 and the BOTB's team are hoping to find some more acts to join them on their way up. Visit readingrockacademy.com to enter and for more information. Entries close on Saturday, March 16.
STARRS will be shining, but not of the solar kind, when a tribute night takes place at the Jazz Cafe, on Friday, February 15. The Reading venue will host The Edwin Starr Band, The Team, with vocals from the late legend's brother Angelo and guest vocals from Northern Soul singer Lorraine Silver. Tickets to the gig are £15, or £39.50 with dinner from www.thejazzcafe.co.uk
VISIT St Peter's Church, in Cranbourne, Bracknell and let them cast their spell on you with a musical fairy tales concert on Saturday, February 9. The children's concert, from 2pm, at St Peters Church, Cranbourne, will boast much-loved show tunes, from tales including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Cinderella. For tickets, at £10 for adults and £5 for children, visit www.musicalfairytales.co.uk or call 01344 882445.
READING favourites Ben Marwood and Quiet Quiet Band are throwing a launch party on Thursday next week. EP Lay Low is a joint offering from the guys, and to celebrate, they'll play a show at South Street Arts Centre from 8pm. Tickets are £5 advance from www.readingarts.co.uk And if you're not all partied out, Adam & Elvis are releasing their five track EP and play The Sun Inn, Reading, on Friday, February 15, with support from London rockers The Harlots.
THE Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians will surge into Windsor as part of the fascinating Horrible Histories tour. From Wednesday to Sunday, February 13-17, families can explore the most gruesome tales from the sixteenth century, with 3D special effects, at Theatre Royal Windsor. The performances are adapted from Terry Deary's best-selling books and tickets are available from www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk or on 01753853888.
THERE will be something in the air tomorrow (Saturday) night, when Norden Farm introduces a top tribute act. No Jacket Required - The Phil Collins Tribute Act, will be at Norden Farm from 8pm, with two hours of music from a world class 11-piece band. Frontman Dave Whitehouse gives a remarkably authentic performance. The sound and stage routines are meticulously reproduced with charm and humour. From Another Day In Paradise to Easy Lover and the classic In The Air Tonight, there's something for everyone in this spectacular show. Tickets are £12.50 from www.nordenfarm.org or 01628 788997.