Win four tickets to Glastonbury with Tractor Factor
FOLLOWING the success of the Yeo Valley rappers, we have launched our own musical talent search to find the next group – or individual - with the farming X Factor.
We are inviting you to follow in Yeo Valley’s footsteps and create your own song which promotes British farming.
The Yeo Valley Rap, produced as part of a £5m advertising campaign, became an internet sensation - amassing more than one million hits on YouTube, 38,000 tweets on Twitter and a successful Facebook campaign demanding it to be released as an official single.
The shortlist for Tractor Factor has been announced. Click here to view the shortlist and cast your vote to decide who will be going to Glasto.
Can you do better?
We are now inviting anyone living and working in the countryside to produce their own hit single.
With four festival tickets up for grabs, you will also have the chance to perform your record at the Yeo Valley Glastonbury stand.
Either by adapting the words of your favourite chart hit or by sending in an entirely new song, we want you to promote British farming and create the next media sensation.
To give you some inspiration to create your own song, here’s one we made earlier:
Still in need of inspiration? Here’s a video from Shropshire group, the SY6 which has become a YouTube hit
How to enter
Entering the Tractor Factor is easy, and you could be in with a chance of winning four tickets to Glastonbury and performing on the Yeo Valley stand at the event, as well as seeing your song become an internet hit.
- Come up with a song idea – you can adapt a well known song or pen your own track, it’s up to you!
- Record your song on video or as an audio file. You can record it on any device, including your mobile phone. (If you send in an audio version and you make the final three, we will come and visit you armed with a video camera to turn it into a music video)
- Send us your song! For video files, you can upload them directly to the Tractor Factor YouTube channel or you can email your video or audio file with your song to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do the rest for you.
For a step-by-step guide to uploading your song to our YouTube channel, download the guide from the links in the top right hand side of this page.
When entering your song (whether by email or uploading to YouTube) make sure to tell us who you are, so include names of those people appearing in the song as well as a contact email address and telephone number.
The judging process
You have until April 29, 2011 to send in your songs, after which our judging panel will select three finalists. While we don’t have Simon Cowell on the panel, we do have Michael Eavis, founder of the Glastonbury festival, who will be helping to pick the finalists along with our other judges:
- Tim Mead, managing director of Yeo Valley.
- Danusia Osiowy, features editor at Farmers Guardian.
- Jack Davies, head of digital content at Farmers Guardian.
Once we’ve picked our finalists, we will then put it out to a public vote, and whoever receives the most votes will be crowned our Tractor Factor winner.
What song can I enter?
It’s up to you – as long as you’ve given it a farming twist. You can pick a song from any genre, or any era, to parody or if you fancy yourself as a songwriter, you can pen an entirely new song for the competition.
How many people can sing on the song?
As many as you like! You can enter a solo effort, or as a group.
Is there a limit on song length?
No. But we would advise putting something together no longer than 5 minutes.
I don’t have a video camera, can I still enter?
Yes. We appreciate not everyone will have a video camera or a mobile phone with a built-in video, you can record an audio version of your song. Once you email your song in, we will post it to the YouTube page.
Does my song need to have backing music?
No. You can sing the song without backing music – we are not judging the competition on production values, but on ingenuity and how well you get across the message promoting British farming. If you make the final three, we will come and shoot a video and add the music for you before it goes to a public vote.
What file formats can I use?
For video, any file format accepted by YouTube can be sent in. Click here to see a list of file types accepted by YouTube.
If you are sending in an audio file, we would prefer an mp3 file, although the following file types are also supported:
- AAC (MPEG-2 Advanced Audio Coding File)
- AC3 (including 5.1 surround)
- AIFF, AIF (Audio Interchange File Format)
- ASND (Adobe Sound Document)
- AVI (Audio Video Interleaved)
- MP3 (MP3 Audio)
- MPEG, MPG (MPEG Movie)
- MOV (QuickTime; in Windows, requires QuickTime player)
- MXF (Media eXchange Format; P2 Movie: Panasonic Op-Atom variant of MXF, with video in DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, or AVC-I formats; XDCAM HD Movie, Avid MXF Movie)
- WMA (Windows Media Audio, Windows only)
- WAV (Windows WAVeform)