Fantastic new offer for Zimbalam users – play at Barfly and Great Escape!

Want to play at The Great Escape Festival or rock your local Barfly?

We’ve teamed up with MAMA Group, one of the UK’s foremost music and media companies to offer Zimbalam artists some fantastic exclusive live opportunities!

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Artists using Zimbalam to sell their music online will be entered, free of charge, into a rolling, sales-based, contest to win live showcase slots at

the legendary Barfly venues and The Great Escape Festival, Europe’s largest unsigned music event, held annually in Brighton.

Once your release is distributed we will begin tracking your sales and compile them into quarterly and annual charts. Artists selling the most music in any given quarter will be given the opportunity to play at an exclusive ‘Zimbalam Presents’ gig at their local Barfly venue with an established act in the following quarter.

Sales figures will be reset each quarter so artists are all on an ongoing level playing field for the chance to win this incredible live opportunity. We will take care of marketing the events to ensure a good crowd and you just have to worry about turning up and rocking out! Sign up now to get in on the action!

For more information on the Barfly venues, please click here:

The Great Escape Zimbalam

Not content with simply giving our artists the chance to rock a legendary venue that has helped to propel the likes of Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, Gossip and many more to global super stardom… We’re also offering three slots at the annual Great Escape Festival in Brighton to artists selling the most music annually so there’s every reason to keep pushing sales as you could take the stage at an event attended by more than 15,000 music industry delegates and fans in 2009!

We will be putting on three acts at the festival, one on each night of the event, and will be promoting the successful acts heavily to capitalise on the success of the festival.

As with the Barfly contest, we will monitor sales until the 31st of March annually, at which point a judging panel made up of experts from The Great Escape, Zimbalam and The Fly magazine will select the winning acts.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic, money-can’t-buy opportunity to play at one of the UK’s most exciting events, sign up now and start selling your music for a chance to win.

For more information on the Great Escape festival including past line-ups and news, please visit:


Check the blog regularly for updates on the contests, including the winning bands, photos for the events, chart information, news and more! The first chart update will be posted  at on December 1st!