Saturday 25 January 2014

Chordblossom Kickstart 2014

We don't normally run press releases on the blog, but in this case we will make an exception, giving that this is a wonderful opportunity for Northern Irish artists to get a head start in their career:

Champions of Northern Irish music, Chordblossom, are pleased to announce that their massive Kickstart competition is returning for 2014 with a whole host of great prizes and a new format!

Previous winners of the competition have included Derry’s SOAK and Those Ghosts from Stabane. The former recently signed with Goodbye Records and went on tour with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Tegan & Sara. Last year’s winners Those Ghosts played a rousing slot at the final Glasgowbury, releasing their debut single "Explain" and are steadily building up a head of steam.

Editor of Chordblossom, Robert Brown had this to say, “The essence of Kickstart is to provide the perfect platform for one lucky band/musician to make 2014 a year to remember! The key prize for many will be the recording of a single at Millbank Studios alongside a slot at the renowned Limavady music festival, Stendhal. We are very grateful to all of the organisations that have donated a prize, they have demonstrated the commitment we have in Northern Ireland to develop and nurture local talent.”

Musicians of all kinds from Northern Ireland are invited to get involved with the competition. No matter how young, old or what genre you play. As long as you haven’t released a full length album, you’re eligible!

After the first round of submissions are complete, a shortlist of twenty acts will be decided by the site’s writing staff. These twenty will then be put forward to a public vote when they will be narrowed down to the Final Five. The concluding round for the artists will be a showcase gig in association with Belfast’s Queens Radio. On that night a collection of local music industry experts will decide the winner of Kickstart 2014!

The prize for the winner is as follows:

Millbank Studios - Single Recording
Dog Kennel Productions - Single Video
DSNT - Single Cover Design
Electric Mainline - 1st Play of single
Stendhal Festival - Festival Slot
Third Bar - Professional Advice
In Your Steps - 1 Month's PR
Shizznigh Promotions - Belfast Gig
Botanic Media - CD Dupilcation
Love Print & Design - Graphic Design for Poster & Flyer printing
Barry Wright - Photo Shoot
Write It For Me - Professional Bio
Chordblossom - TV Session

Timeline for the Competition:

Thursday, 23rd January 2014 - Competition announced and entry opens.
Friday, 7th February 2014 - Entries Close
Friday, 14th February 2014 - Top 20 Announced - Voting Opens
Sunday, 23rd February 2014 - Voting Closes
Monday, 24th February 2014 – Final 5 Announced
TBC March 2014 – Showcase Gig & Winner Announced

 How to enter:

You simply need to send an email to with the following information:

Band/Musician Name:
An mp3 of your best track:
A Social Media Link:

The competition can be viewed here.

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