First launched in 1985 at Cambridge's Guildhall, the competition picked up immediate national attention thanks to Trevor Dann and The Old Grey Whistle Test. Infamously, Colonel Gomez caused a national controversy with their performance on that show, controversy that even led to questions being asked in Parliament about the incident! More was to come though, with the 'debatable' decision to award the first prize to The Detective - a decision that caused consternation amongst some as, although they made the tapes themselves, The Detective performed on stage to a backing track!
In the last 30 years the Cambridge Band Competition has produced some great winners, and stars who have gone on to do bigger things!
Ezio were named as Tony Blair's favourite band and has established an international following, Ben Miller of Armstrong & Miller came third in 1990 with a trio called The Dear Johns, and one of the most memorable winners - thanks to pure energy and great music - were Tom Dalpra and Nutmeg.
Members of other bands have gone on to work with some top names in the industry, and all have fond recollections of being involved in the event.
Previously held at the Guildhall, and then the Corn Exchange (sold out heats and finals), the competition in the 1990s then moved to the Junction, where the finals have been held ever since.