Bands can pump up the volume

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Bands that think they have what it takes, can compete in a new TV show called Pump up the Volume.

The show gives local bands a chance to become famous, win fantastic prizes and prove their talent to South African audiences live on national television.

The national search, sponsored by Body on Tap, is looking for a band that is original and talented.

The competition has cast its net wide in unearthing this talent and anything from rock to gospel music goes.

Bands, the likes of Sitis, All Will Fall, Cold Hand Chemistry and many others have already entered.

Those that have not yet entered, have until October 6 to do so.

The criteria is that bands must have more than three members and have written their own music.

For more information on how to enter, log onto Pump Up The Volume on

The celebrity judges, who will short list the entries to 12 favourites, are Highveld Stereo's Paul Rotheram, producer, singer and songwriter Dennis East and Erin Samson, Coca-Cola Popstar 2002 winner and member of the hugely successful 101, famous for their number one radio hit, Who's it gonna be.

The judges will travel across the country to watch bands perform at their local gigs, and the bands get to choose the venue.

The top five bands will then be put through their paces in a workshop that is designed to perfect their original songs.

They will also gig every second night in an elimination round, which will be shown on television.

This reality programme can be viewed on SABC3 on Sunday nights at 9.30pm from October 21 until December 9.

As well as national exposure, there are also fantastic prizes to be won for the winner and the two runners-up.

The first grand prize for the winning band is one full Yamaha music touring gig to the value of R400000, a professionally recorded single, music video, an HP Compaq 8710W Mobile Workstation, make-over elements used in the show and a year's supply of hair products for each band member.

The second prize is Yamaha Equipment valued at R60000, an HP Compaq 8710W Mobile Workstation, a basic music video and a year's supply of hair products for each band member.

And the third prize is Yamaha equipment valued at R40000, basic music video and a year's supply of hair products for each band member.