In Pictures: Red Bull Bedroom Jam at the Speakeasy
Red Bull Bedroom Jam Presents Rams Pocket Radio
The Rams' Pocket Radio, who are backing fellow local band Snow Patrol in their Dublin, Belfast and UK gigs played a free gig in the Speakeasy Bar, Belfast, to lend their support to Red Bull Bedroom Jam.
Red Bull Bedroom Jam is on a mission to unearth explosive talent that has been jamming away behind poster clad bedroom doors until this point. 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. In short, Red Bull Bedroom Jam wants to help young Irish bands to expand their "wings". Back with a beat in 2012, the competition is open to acts nationwide, giving young Irish bands the opportunity to perform at Irelands biggest music festivals in 2012 and one lucky act the opportunity to record in the Red Bull Studio with a top producer next Autumn.
Fledgling Irish bands can upload a video to the competition website,www.redbullbedroomjam.ie and from February 27th, the bi-weekly Bedroom Jam Buzz Chart will reveal 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.
From there 6 bands will be filmed live from the comfort of their own homes, while the world watches online; from those, 3 bands will be chosen to actually get out of their houses and play at the biggest Irish music festivals in 2012; and finally, 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.
Representing Northern Ireland on the judging panel, broadcaster and music critic Stuart Bailie welcomed the chance to see new talent being brought to the fore: "I always like Red Bull's approach to music. They are credible and they respect the artists. This year's Bedroom Jam should take this further with new talent. So I'm really looking forward to hearing the acts that take part in this initiative".