AN X FACTOR-STYLE competition due to begin shortly in Harrow will give budding musicians a chance of performing alongside hip-hop sensations N-Dubz.

Up to 40 young people will take part in a series of workshops run by Harrow Council and Harrow Arts Centre, in which they will learn to write and produce their own songs and showcase what they have learned in a final jam session.

The workshops will be led by music industry experts such as guitarist Hussein Boon, who has worked with disco legends the Bee Gees, and youth music company Bigga Fish, who have helped to launch the likes of Ms Dynamite and Chipmunk.

Once the sessions have been completed, 10 of the artists will be selected for a masterclass session at Somerset House, in central London, after which they will perform in front of 3,000 young people alongside Dappy, Tulisa and Fazer, of headline act N-Dubz.

The group has taken the industry by storm in the past few years having had six top 40 hits, including their most successful song I Need You, and youngsters will be itching to meet and perform alongside them.

The initial workshops will take place on May 16, between 10am and 7.30pm, at the Harrow Arts Centre, in Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, and today (Thursday) is the last chance for musicians aged between 14 and 19 to register their interest.

Only 40 will be selected to take part in the scheme, and although only 10 will go on to perform at the gig, all participants will be given a pair of free tickets to the show.

Brendon Hills, the council's corporate director for community and environment, said: "This is a very exciting project, which will help to encourage and develop young talent in the borough.

"We are offering this opportunity to any young person in Harrow, regardless of musical ability, to give them the chance to meet and work with other passionate young people with an interest in music."

* All applications for a space in the workshops must be received by today (May 6).

For further information, call Reema Rathod at Harrow Arts Centre on 020 8416 8963 or email .