Summerfest announces the 2013 Big Gig contest

CREATED Apr 8, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Summerfest has announced the return of Land the Big Gig, "a national music talent search created" for talent to play at the 2012 festival.

The festival opened the submissions process April 7 for the Big Gig contest at, which will be open until May 13.

"Fans will vote for their favorite acts online beginning Wednesday, May 15, and the Top 3 Finalists will be announced on or around Wednesday, June 19," said the festival. "The finalists will win a trip to Milwaukee, WI to perform at Summerfest's Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage on Thursday, June 27 for their chance to win a share of $50,000 in cash and prizes."

"Playing at Summerfest is the ultimate way for a band to get noticed, and maybe even make it big," said David Wise, Marketing Director for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "And as if playing at Summerfest isn't amazing enough, the grand prize winner gets a share of $50,000 in cash and prizes!"

Summerfest's 2013 festival will feature more than 800 acts over 11 days. You can see a partial lineup here.