Voting is now live for one week only (17th – 25th May) for the 15 bands who have made it through to the semi finals of the Red Bull Studios live at Download 2013 opportunity.
700 bands entered in total, the public then voted and 100 bands went through to the judges panel who handpicked 15 they felt showed most potential. Last week, these 15 undertook a professional studio experience in London at Red Bull Studios which included expert mentoring, professional photos and video creation.
Only 8 of these bands will make it through to play on the stage at Download 2013 in front of thousands - 6 places will be filled with those who collect the most votes, and two places will be ‘wildcards’, favourites of the judges: (Kerrang Radio presenter Katie P, Rock Sound magazine editor Ben Patashnik, Red Bull Records label manager and music industry aficionado Angie Somerside, plus hyped rock band and Download Festival veterans Don Broco).
The first 6 winners will be announced from 5pm on Saturday 25th May: 6 bands with the highest votes will automatically go through and appear on http://download.redbullstudios.com/. The final 2 judges wildcards will be announced via studio instagram @RedBullStudioLondon
The aspiring unsigned bands come from all areas of the UK and are hoping for as many votes as possible to get them through to the big stage. They need your help! Please visit the links below to watch their new videos and vote on who you want to see on stage at Download.
Searching Alaska (Essex) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/searching-alaska/
Press to Meco from (Horsham / Croydon) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/press-to-meco/
We are Carnivores from (Hull) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/we-are-carnivores/
Akord from (Grampian, Scotland) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/akord/
I'll Stay in Memphis from (Manchester)
Semperfi from (Grampian, Scotland) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/semperfi/
Sky Valley Mistress from (Manchester / Lancashire)
Lower Lands from (Lincolnshire) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/lower-lands/
Surrender the Coast from (Leicester) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/surrender-the-coast/
Liberty Lies from (Wednesbury) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/liberty-lies/
Lacey from (Nottingham) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/lacey/
We Caught the Castle (Reading) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/we-caught-the-castle/
Forever can Wait from (Southampton) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/we-caught-the-castle/
Tu Amore from (Cambridge / Peterborough) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/tu-amore/
Falling with Style from (Pontypridd) http://download.redbullstudios.com/band/falling-with-style/
Gig Report - Camden Fiddlers Elbow - 5 Lives Left, Spectral Darkwave, One Final Stitch
On a warm summers evening, in the concrete jungle of Camden's abyss, three bands were about to let rip on the unsuspecting local civilization.
Two wallowing figures soon emerged on stage being watched by those attending The Fiddlers Elbow, this duo were 5 Lives left whose unique style of rock was running wild with different influences here and there. Sure the drummer was giving his all as if he was high on matured crack, hitting everything in sight and luckily not breaking the drum kit. Whilst the crowd clearly appreciated their performance with the unsuspected encore, the vocals at times were dire and seemingly need a lot of work done to improve this, not only that but the guitarist who was also in charge of vocals lacked motion and to some extent emotion. It was a hard time to decipher what this duo were capable of and frankly some nearby felt they would find answers in downing a bottle of beer, it was going to be a long night.
 RHYS STEVENSON
Suddenly the temperature seemed to drop greatly, as if outside the sun had blown out or the fridge door was left wide open to allow a cold and bitter atmosphere to freeze everything in sight, literally the crowd were rooted to the spot when Melodic Death / Doom Metallers Spectral Darkwave shafted out their cunning and eloquent dramatis persona that welcomed them to induct impromptu after impromptu via extravagant music playing. This may well be a huge step for the London boys but the best is sure to come in the future, it is early days but this trio could well be a promising act from the deepest and darkest sewers in the underground algorithm that is leading many unsigned bands in the UK to being justly recognized.
 RHYS STEVENSON
< One Final Stitch message was black and white, they were born to rock
The final act of the evening was One Final Stitch, a no-nonsense hard rock band tinged with what they call 'Girl Metal', hailing from the back streets of Ockendon, they brought another killer performance given due this was their first live show in London, accidentally headlining (headliner pulled out) and 2nd gig overall. Since their first gig at Southend Chinnerys a couple or so weeks back, the fearsome foursome have excelled in making their music more tighter, more meaningful and with added grit, grisliness and good ole fashion rock 'n' roll. During their set they unleashed now tracks, some of which were so powerful Camden was lucky not to suffer window explosions let alone earth tremors let off by this Teutonic musical machine. As they ground into the dirt and delivered sting after sting, the crowd roared with excitement and appraisal, not only had the band done the remarkable at performing sensationally well at their second gig, but more so in London as their 2nd overall gig. However the show was not complete as it did not feature any 'this is what happens when the lights go down' jokes.
 RHYS STEVENSON
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