Rising Star was founded by Tommy Gardner in January 2017 with the launch of Northampton’s Rising Star. The idea behind a Rising Star competition is to provide a platform to perform whilst developing skills throughout the process.

2017 Grand Final – L-R: Tommy Gardner, Beth Marshall, Kara Hammer (2017 Winner), Stefanie Williams, Sario Soloman, Aaron Williams

Since the competition began, over 115 local acts have passed through the auditions room.

Northampton’s Rising Star 2017 Winner – Kara Hamer

Northampton’s Rising Star 2018 Winner – Gymnastricks

Northampton’s Rising Star 2019 Winner – Liam Carter

In April 2021, Northamptonshire’s Rising Star was launched. Auditions will take place in the summer of 2021 followed by a spectacular Grand Final set to take place in The Deco Theatre during November 2021.

There are future plans to expand the Rising Star competitions to featuring in neighbouring counties such as Oxfordshire, Leicestershire and Buckinghamshire.

There are also plans to launch a local Schools competition within Northamptonshire.