For the Free Car Mag punk band, it is sadly a bit too late to enter the Firestone Battle of the Bands competition now, but the prizes are fantastic.

The popular tyre brand is again embarking on a nationwide hunt to find the most talented bands in the UK, culminating in a performance on the Firestone Stage at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on December 7, in what could be a huge breakthrough opportunity.

Battle of the Bands, a social networking-based campaign, will be run in partnership with the arena and Professional Music Technology (PMT), who will provide music equipment as an invaluable additional prize to the winning act.

The competition forms part of Firestone’s ongoing efforts to reach a vibrant, youthful audience through music, where a European-wide music tour featured a high profile partnership with Download Festival, in a highlight of the summer.

Last year, more than 200 unsigned acts showcased their talents through video entries, before Firestone had the unenviable job of whittling them down to a final shortlist of four.

On a stage in front of scores of music lovers– Indigo Sky, Rituals, Wild at Heart and Three Empty Domes took turns to wow onlookers and a panel of three judges.

And after four vibrant performances lit up the stage, Birmingham act Rituals was crowned the overall winners after much deliberation.

The Free Car Mag Punk Band practice starts now for 2017