Monday 7 April 2014 

Edgbaston announces search for fans' favourite summer anthems


Edgbaston has launched a search for fans favourite summer songs as part of the England & Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) nationwide search to create cricket’s soundtrack to the summer.

With a majority of Birmingham Bears fixtures in the new NatWest T20 Blast season taking place on Friday nights throughout the summer, the ECB is searching for a playlist that best represents the summer for fans and reflects the atmosphere that will be experienced during the tournament’s 133 fixtures in an action-packed season.

Fans of the Bears will have until Friday 11th April to submit their favourite summer tunes to the Edgbaston Cricket Ground Facebook and @CricketingBears Twitter accounts, with the Club selecting the most popular song to represent its fans in an 18 song shortlist.

Bears fans will then go head-to-head against other counties to vote for their favourite tunes, with the top ten making up the NatWest T20 Blast Summer Anthems playlist and being played at games throughout the season.

The new NatWest T20 Blast competition kicks off on Friday 16th May, taking place over 11 weeks with a majority of fixtures being played on Friday nights. The re-launched format of T20 will offer fast-paced cricket with fours smashed, sixes launched and wickets cart wheeling – all packed into three hours.

Cricket lovers will be able to submit their song choice through their county’s social media channels from today to Friday 11th April with a final shortlist of 18 songs being announced on Monday 14th April. Following a period of voting, the final NatWest T20 Blast Summer Anthems Playlist will be announced ahead of the start of the NatWest T20 Blast season on Wednesday 30th April.

David Collier, ECB Chief Executive, said: “Our search for the NatWest T20 Blast Summer Anthems playlist was inspired by our desire to find a set of songs that encapsulates the summer for cricket fans. With 70% of fixtures in the new season taking place on a Friday night, we wanted to find a playlist that would represent this and T20’s brand of exciting cricket.  

“NatWest T20 Blast will have something for everyone and the new season is set to offer cricket fans, groups of friends and families alike a unique experience, ensuring everyone can watch an exciting style of cricket with an electric atmosphere.”

For more information on the Summer Anthems Playlist, visit

The Birmingham Bears play five of their seven home games on Friday nights, and until midnight on Monday 14th April, tickets are available at the special discounted rate of £10 for Adults and £1 for Under 16s plus booking fee. To book visit, call 0844 847 1902 or visit the Shop at Edgabston.

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