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SABIAN, Ltd., the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of music cymbals, announced today the return of the SABIAN Dream Spot competition.  The second annual promotional contest will give one lucky undiscovered band the chance to play 10 dates on the 2008 Vans Warped Tour.  The winning band will earn the opportunity to play the “Kevin Says” stage, the launching pad for many SABIAN bands including “My Chemical Romance,” “Fall Out Boy” and “Avenged Sevenfold.”

SABIAN, along with partner Cafesonique.com, will accept online submissions between

April 1 and May 23.  The winning band will be revealed on July 1. In addition to a spot on the Vans Warped Tour, the winner will receive $10,000 in band gear credit at a participating SABIAN retailer; a one-year SABIAN endorsement for the band’s drummer; and a one-year 3D micro-site on cafesonique.com.

Last year’s inaugural SABIAN Dream Spot competition was the largest in the company’s history. As a result, this year’s contest is set to be bigger and better, according to Stacey Montgomery-Clark, SABIAN’s director of marketing.

“We are extremely excited to bring SABIAN Dream Spot back for its second year,” Montgomery-Clark said. “With the overwhelmingly positive feedback and band participation last year, it was a rather easy decision to go all out again this year with a huge grand prize, music industry judges, fan voting and a dedicated ad campaign.”

VANS Warped Tour 2008 SABIAN Dream Spot competition details include:

  • From April 1 to May 23, bands interested in entering the contest can visit www.sabian.com or www.cafesonique.com and submit three original songs in MP3 format, along with a video and a brief bio about their band.
  • Between May 26 and June 15 the selection committee, comprised of SABIAN’s artist relations personnel plus Vans Warped Tour representatives including Founder Kevin Lyman, will select the 10 finalists.
  • The band receiving the most fan votes will be announced on July 1st
  • The lucky Dream Spot winner will hit the road with the Vans Warped Tour in August.

“SABIAN has done a fantastic job putting together the Dream Spot competition for the second straight year,” said Kevin Lyman, founder and creator of the Vans Warped Tour.  In its inaugural run, we had an extremely difficult time choosing the winner as we received entries from hundreds of talented bands. We can’t wait to hear what the entrants have to offer and see the winner up on stage this summer.”

About the Vans Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour, a music and extreme sports festival, was created in 1994.  This year the tour will feature more than 80 bands.  In addition to music, the tour features half pipes and ramps for skaters and bikers.  The Warped Tour will kick off in late June and continue through August.


SABIAN is globally renowned as the world's leading designer and maker of musical cymbals. With endorsers including major drummers Phil Collins, Neil Peart (Rush) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Keith Harris (Black Eyed Peas), Bob Bryar (My Chemical Romance) as well as renowned percussionists within the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Symphony, Royal Opera House – Covent Garden and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, this award-winning company offers cymbals and sounds for every musical application, playing level, and price point. By combining centuries-old traditional craftsmanship with modern innovation, SABIAN ensures quality and value in every cymbal, while unique offerings including ready-to-play ‘Sonically Matched’ cymbal sets highlight an unmatched dedication to ensuring every player sounds great. Headquartered in Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada, and with offices in the US, the UK, Europe and the Far East, SABIAN is also the world's largest cymbal maker.  For further information about SABIAN or its products, please visit the company online at www.SABIAN.com.