Birmingham rockers Ocean Colour Scene are calling on local pupils to help them find a support band for their homecoming gig.
The band, currently touring with veteran musician Paul Weller, is asking the city's 200,000 pupils to vote for the band they would most like to see play alongside them at the Birmingham Carling Academy later this month.
Announcing the competition this week, the band took a swipe at the current trend towards reality TV-created popstars.
Guitarist Steve Cradock said: "Ocean Colour Scene feel it is so imperative that we excite kids with new and electrifying music instead of the processed pop rubbish they are being fed via reality television shows like The X Factor.
"There is so much great new music out there that should be heard."
The group says it is hoping to find "the biggest unsigned Birmingham band" through the competition to ultimately play with them at the 3,000 capacity city centre venue on December 20.
Bands wanting to take part are invited to load their demos, biography and pictures on the www.birminghamusic.com web-site. OCS members will then chose ten finalists to be placed on the City Council's Birmingham Grid For Learning schools' website - www.bgfl.org - on Monday.
Pupils from the city's 450 schools are then asked to vote for their favourite, with those with the lowest number of votes being eliminated.
Mr Cradock said: "Ocean Colour Scene have always placed a great importance of supporting new talent.
" When Ocean Colour Scene first began, we had enormous local support from venues and promoters which shaped our careers.
"It's critical to get behind and nurture local music and scenes in order to let them grow and develop.
"Birmingham has so many talented musicians and song writers that should be getting more exposure and this is what we are trying to do with this guest slot."
OCS hit the big-time with their platinum-selling album Moseley Shoals.