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Kickstart 2014 – Calling all local bands!

1943652620Our friends at 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:

·         Hometown:

·         Influences:

·         An mp3 of your best track

·         A Social Media Link

The competition can be viewed here:

For further information in respect of the competition please email:

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