Local band score top place in online battle of the bands

Bundoran/Kinlough based band Stonefree have become the first band to get through the first phase of Red Bull Bedroom Jam.

Bundoran/Kinlough based band Stonefree have become the first band to get through the first phase of Red Bull Bedroom Jam.

This online battle of the bands provides a phenomenal platform within which up-and-coming Irish talent can raise their profile and further their careers within a notoriously competitive industry.

Stonefree uploaded their music video to the Red Bull Bedroom Jam in January and have been working hard to secure the top spot which was announced last week. The team from Red Bull then travelled to Bundoran to film with the guys and fans can watch the production on www.redbullbedroomjam.ie.

Stonefree made their debut over six years ago and have been a constant, popular feature of the north west music scene ever since. The band’s live show has the reputation of being exceptionally interactive, with the band members’ energetic and charasmatic performances getting the entire audience dancing and singing along to every tune the band performs. Stonefree have already acquired a unique and large fan base, which religiously follows them around the country and sometimes outside of it! The band has just returned from a European Tour and their first single, Into The Night”, is promising to be a huge hit.

From January 19, fledgling Irish bands (all members aged 17+, with one member aged under 26) from Belfast to Bandon to Dublin to Dunmore East, have been uploading their videos to the competition website, www.redbullbedroomjam.ie and on February 27, the bi-weekly Bedroom Jam Buzz Chart revealed which of the country’s acts have been the most popular in terms of video views and comments. Social media activity, such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook also counts in the chart.

So far, Stonefree have filmed a live show and five more bands will be filmed live from the comfort of their own homes, while the world watches online. From those, three bands will be chosen to actually get out of their houses and play at the biggest Irish music festivals in 2012.

One band will be crowned as winners at a live final next autumn and they will go on to record for a week with a top producer in the Red Bull Studios! This is a prize like no other. So, bands, get uploading, and you could be on the way to the biggest year of your lives!

But what if you’re not in a band? You have the power to vote for your favourites (and laugh at each band’s dodgy curtains and carpet!) at www.redbullbedroomjam.ie

Get jamming!