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Cobbold Barn, Knebworth House


Knebworth, United Kingdom

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Are you 12 years old or over? Do you love singing? Do family and friends say how great you are? Are you a karaoke king or queen? Or perhaps you already sing and want to get to the next level? Are you willing to make your singing dreams come true?
If the answer is YES. This is the contest for YOU.

On October 1st 2016, we’re taking over the Cobbold Barns at the prestigious Knebworth House for the 2016 ‘Search for a Singing Star’ contest. Singers will be judged by a panel of industry experts.


£250 cash prize

+ 2 hour recording session at One2One Recording Studio
+ Vocal coaching session
+ Professional video recording at Knebworth Photographic
+ Social media guidance to promote your music online


Where is the competition?

The competition is being held at the prestigious Cobbold Barns at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire. The address for the event is below:

Knebworth House, Stevenage, Knebworth, Hertfordshire SG1 2AX, UK.

Can duos, trios or singing groups be allowed to audition?

Yes. Singing duos, trios and singing groups will be allowed to enter. However we cannot accept any bands or groups requiring instruments. Along with the chosen backing tracks, only microphone(s) will be provided for singers. No other musical instruments will be available or allowed at the venue. 

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Yes. Singers/entrants must be age 12 or over. Attendees under 16 must be joined by an family member or guardian aged 18 or over.

Please note ID may be requested on the day. 

How do I choose the song for my audition?

We will be in contact via email with the full list of 600+ backing tracks for your audition. We will require confirmation of your chosen song by 26th September 2016 to ensure we have the correct order and playlist for the contest on the day.

How do I know what timeslot I will be singing?

We will confirm by email what time and date your audition will be taking place.   

How long will the audition take?

We anticipate a busy day of auditions, so the schedule will be strict. Auditions should take no longer than 5 minutes.

We will be asking singers to manage their own schedule, however, announcements will be made for timings and names of singers prior to the audition.  

When should I arrive?

Due to the busy schedule, we will not be able to accept late entrants. To avoid issues, please aim to arrive a minimum of 60 minutes prior to your audition. Refreshments can be purchased at the Knebworth House cafe on site.

Please take into account car parking and getting into the venue on the day.  

Can I change the different timeslot and day for my audition?

We would prefer not to change audition details once confirmed, however, if there are legitimate reasons for moving the audition timing, we will take this into consideration.   

How many guests can I bring with me?

There is no limit to the number of guest you may bring. However, please note, the venue seats a maximum of 80 people and will be busy on the day.

Can I stay to watch other acts?

Yes. You and your guests are welcome to arrive early or stay after your audition to watch other acts. However, please note the venue will be busy on the day so singers preparing to audition will be given priority should space be required. Please note: We have also organised discounted pre-purchase tickets for Knebworth House and Grounds, which can be purchased in addition to the entry ticket.

Can we record or take photos at the event?

Unfortunately, we cannot allow video recording at the event. This is to protect the privacy and copyright of singers on the day. However, your personal audition will be recorded and available for purchase following the contest. 

Use of mobile phones for photography is allowed within the event, however, we request no flash photography and photography of the grounds at Knebworth House is prohibited.

Knebworth House Photography Studios will also be onsite to produce professional photography of singers, which will also be available for purchase following the contest.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The event will take place at the prestigious Cobbold Barns, Knebworth House. The address for SatNav is below:

Knebworth House, Stevenage, Knebworth, Hertfordshire SG1 2AX, UK. Entry via junc 7 on the A1m past the Novel tel Hotel.

Car parking is available at the venue. We advise guests to drive to the far end of the car park and the Cobbold Barn is on the left hand side.

Please note: You will be asked to show your ticket during the entry to the venue to access the car park.  

What can/can't I bring to the event?

IMPORTANT: Please bring your printed ticket for entry to Knebworth House car park and for the contest entry. There will be no entry without a valid ticket. 

Backing tracks and microphones will be provided at the audition. Singers will not be required to bring any other equipment.

Singers are reminded to bring lyrics with them if required.

Can we visit the grounds of Knebworth House whilst at the venue?

The contest entrance ticket DOES NOT cover access to Knebworth House and the grounds.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact with any specific questions.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Tickets are not transferrable.

Can I get a refund?

We are afraid refunds are NOT available once the ticket(s) have been purchased. 

When will winners and runners-up be announced? 

Winners and the two runners-up will be announced on the website by 4th October 2016. All judges decisions are final.

Are the prizes transferrable?

No. Prizes are not transferrable and no cash equivalent will be provided for the bundle prizes.

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