Now in its 14th year, the new Fame Contest is scouring the Cotswolds for budding pop stars and musical maestros to go head-to-head for a slot at the closing concert, the Last Night of the Proms in the High Street on Saturday, June 30.

The competition is open to solo singers and duos aged 10 and above, as well as groups of three or more and the winners of each category will also walk away £50 better off.

The two-week musical celebration in Shipston starts on Friday, June 15, and stages music for all tastes while encouraging as many local musicians as possible.

This year already promises an eclectic selection of jazz, blues, folk, rock and classical performers, with The Selecter featuring Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson already named for the curtain call event.

Previous last night highlights have included The Animals, Dr Feelgood, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band, The Blockheads and The Hamsters.

Tim Porter, chairman of the Shipston Proms organising committee, said: “We have got an even wider range of music on offer this year and I’m particularly looking forward to the party atmosphere on the last night, when once again Shipston High Street comes alive with the sounds of music.”

Entry forms can be obtained from Shipston Library, the High School, Clarke Electrical or online and the deadline for entries is Saturday, June 9. For more information go to