The Pigeon Detectives, Lethal Bizzle and more to take part in FA Cup 'Battle of the Bands'

Musical acts to go head-to-head for chance to record official FA Cup song

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The FA is launching a ‘Battle of the Bands’ style contest to find the official FA Cup Anthem for this season’s cup competition. Lethal Bizzle and The Pigeon Detectives are amongst the first acts confirmed to take part.

Six acts will battle against one another with the winner being handed the chance to record the soundtrack to the world’s oldest domestic football competition. A public vote will determine the winner. Joining Lethal Bizzle and The Pigeon Detectives on the roster of acts taking part will be grime artist Devlin.

Starting from the Third Round of this season’s competition, which begins tomorrow (Jan 5), the initiative will see the shortlisted acts perform live at selected football grounds across the country, with fans voting for the official anthem after the semi-finals. The first performance will come at Upton Park on Saturday, when Lethal Bizzle performs his track ‘Not A Saint’ with Vato Gonzalez & Donae’o prior to the tie between West Ham United and Manchester United.

Speaking to The FA about his role in the competition, Lethal Bizzle said: "I’ve watched The FA Cup since I was a boy and always dreamed of playing in it. When I heard about the opportunity, I thought that I definitely want to do it. It's at West Ham's ground, I'm a local in east London so it's down the road and it will be cool to go there and perform and hopefully just rock it! It’s a special competition and I’m made up to be a part of it, and hopefully I can become part of its history by producing the official FA Cup Anthem. To have my music open The FA Cup Final really would be a dream come true."

Further music acts and performances will be announced ahead of each additional round as far as the semi-finals, with the winning track chosen before the 11 May final.

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