THE Pogues Irish Whiskey and Academy Events are looking to find the UK’s next big rock group. The search has started and the winning band will receive £3,000 towards band equipment as well as recording and releasing an EP, where members of the legendary band, The Pogues, will guest produce. The team is looking for bands with spirit from all over the UK to enter and the competition will hot up with regional heats at the following O2 Academy venues between March 5th and March 16th, 2017: Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Oxford, Sheffield, Leicester and Bournemouth. Finalists from the regional events will compete in front of music industry professionals in April at O2 Academy Islington, London. The Pogues said: “This is our opportunity to foster courageous and original music. If you have what it takes to record with us and perform at the UK’s best music venues, we’d love you to enter. This could be a wholly new and exciting shot at a music career.” To have your shot, enter online at www.academymusicgroup.com/poguesyourshot by Monday 16th January 2017.