Red Bull Bedroom Jam Festival tour bands announced

Earlier this year Sea Sessions Battle of the Bands teamed up with Red Bull to bring you the Red Bull Bedroom Jam. We can now announce that three young Irish bands will be heading out on the road for the best summer of their lives.

From  January 19th, fledgling Irish bands from Belfast to Bundoran and Dublin to Dunmore East, have been uploading their videos to redbullbedroomjam.ie. Six bands topped the buzz chart over the course of the competition and won a live recording from their bedrooms with the crew from Red Bull.

Since the 7th of May, 6 Buzz Chart finalists along with two wildcards selected by the judges have been involved in an online battle to take their acts from the bedroom to the front stage of Ireland’s key music festivals over the summer.

Each band will play one of the following Festivals – Sea Sessions, Glasgowbury and
Castlepalooza and all three bands will play Indiependence.

The winners are:

Dingle based band “Walking on Cars” – play Sea Sessions

Mullingar’s” Icon on Fire”

“In the Willows” from Waterford

The top three bands will go on to compete in the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Live
Final in Whelan’s, Dublin on Friday 16th of August where one overall winner will be chosen
to travel to one of the international Red Bull Studios for a week’s recording under the
auspices of a top producer.

We are delighted to welcome Walking on Cars to the Sea Sessions bill.

We love their sound and think they are ones to watch for sure, see what you think.

2012 is shaping up to be a big year for a Dingle-based band whose edgy acoustic rock, classical piano and polished pop sound have earned them major kudos on the national music scene.

Walking on Cars, who are tipped for big things by those in the know, had a very successful year in 2011, selling out a string of live gigs, not to mention their live performances alongside the likes of The Coronas, O Emperor and rock legends Whipping Boy.

The West Kerry five-piece comprises of Patrick Sheehy on vocals and rhythm guitar, Sorcha Durham on piano, Paul Flannery on bass guitar, Evan Hadnett on drums and Tom Kavanagh on lead guitar and backing vocals. “We had some great gigs last year, including one in France which was great. We had a house back west and over the past three months we have been writing and recording.

Our sound is modern pop/rock with very distinctive lead vocals. It’s a big sound with great emphasis on melodies and harmonies. We think our sound is going to be the soundtrack to 2012 so be prepared!

Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012 Update

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Earlier this year Sea Sessions joined forces with Red Bull Bedroom Jam to bring you a battle of the bands with a difference. Latest news – Possibly Intoxicated Gents are the 5th band through to Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012!

The RBBJ team were in Dublin on Wednesday to film the band’s live bedroom set, which you will be able to view today, April 30th, at 12pm on www.redbullbedroomjam.ie

Keep voting/sharing/tweeting/commenting and hyping YOUR favourite band, there is just one more live show to record! After which the final 6 will become 3 and they will be added to the Sea Sessions 2012 bill.

Check out the Bedroom shows of the acts who have performed so far:

Show #1 Stonefree
Donegal via Leitrim rockers Stonefree made there debut as Stonefree over six years ago and have been a constant, much loved and memorable feature of the north west music scene ever since. Stonefree’s live shows have the reputation of being exceptionally interactive, with the band member’s energetic and charismatic performances getting the entire audience dancing and singing along to every tune the band performs. Having just returned from a European Tour, there first single “Into The Night” is promising to be a huge hit.

Show #2 Walking On Cars
2012 is shaping up to be a big year for a Dingle-based band whose edgy acoustic rock, classical piano and polished pop sound have earned them major kudos on the national music scene.

Walking on Cars, who are tipped for big things by those in the know, had a very successful year in 2011, selling out a string of live gigs, not to mention their live performances alongside the likes of The Coronas, O Emperor and rock legends Whipping Boy.

Show #3 Icon On Fire
Are an alternative rock band from Mullingar, Co.Westmeath. Their most recent single, Scream for Teenage Glory, has been well received and earned radio airplay as well as being played in several high-profile music blogs. Icon on Fire’s songs have featured on RTE’s Dream Debs, Through the wall on Blast 106, and the band are set to appear on Pop4 in the near future.

Show #4 In The Willows
According to piano player John, “The band is based in Waterford where we are all from, though I hail from Kilkenny. We began with just Dee Ryan and Dave Greene who met through mutual friends in 2011. They quickly realised that they worked really well together musically and began writing. Both sing and play guitar. Things snowballed from there. Niall Cusack (vocals, bass and glockenspiel) joined a few months later followed by myself (piano and bouzouki), and most recently Rowan Sherlock (viola and violin).”

 

Red Bull Bedroom Jam finalists Stonefree joined Ocean FM’s Karen Spellman on ‘The Wave’

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The lads played 3 tracks live on air, including their debut single ‘Into the Night’, had a chat about competing in Red Bull Bedroom Jams first Irish competition, filming with the Red Bull Crew, their hopes of playing this year’s Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival & some general messing in the Ocean FM studio.

Stonefree made their debut over six years ago and have been a constant, much loved and memorable feature of the North West music scene ever since. Their live show has the reputation of being exceptionally interactive, with the band members’ energetic and charismatic 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. Having just returned from a European Tour, their first single “Into The Night” is promised to be a huge hit.

Stonefree are:
Stephen Mc Gurrin on lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Garry Doherty on lead guitar and vocals
Callum Condron on bass guitar and keyboard
Thomas Campbell on drums

“Stonefree have been turning their amps up to 11 for the last six years, garnering comparison’s to the Foo Fighters and other hard rock heroes. Their live shows are high-energy, interactive affairs with the band known to get up close and personal with their audience while never missing a beat”
– Hot Press Magazine


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E-Mail:mail@stonefree.ie
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Sea Sessions Nominated for ‘Best Small Festival’ & announces battle of the bands

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Now in its 5th year, SEA SESSIONS SURF MUSIC FESTIVAL is once again gearing up to be one of the hottest festivals of the summer. Following the success of the award winning festival’s 2011 stellar line-up, event organisers are pulling out all the stops to bring you what promises to be this year’s biggest beach party, jam-packed with exciting activities and pumping tunes all in the surrounds of beautiful Bundoran, Co. Donegal!

LAUNCH PAD FOR IRISH ACTS: Over the years, Sea Sessions has proven to be a major launch-pad for Irish talent, and this year is no different, with the announcement that three of the acts who played last year; BELL X1, CASHIER No 9, and THE JAPANESE POPSTARS, have been nominated for a Choice Music Prize.

The organisers have always been inundated with requests from Irish acts looking to get in on the party in Bundoran, and as a result Sea Sessions have joined forces with Red Bull Bedroom Jam to bring you a battle of the bands with a difference.

The competition is open to acts nationwide, from Bundoran to Bandon, and Derry to Dublin, where young local bands will be given the opportunity to get a leg-up the music ladder, and into the industry.  With a prize that will take them onto the stage at Sea Sessions 2012 and eventually one of them into a recording studio, this could be a real life changing experience for many.

Sea Sessions co-organiser Daniel Brown welcomes Red Bull Bedroom Jam as an exciting new addition to the festivals popular battle of the bands competition; “Over the past few years we have supported home-grown acts on stage and behind the scenes with Niamh Hamill literally listening to thousands of band entries, and it’s fantastic to see our hard work and commitment being recognised and supported by a major brand like Red Bull. We are delighted to be working with Red Bull on what is a real and exciting opportunity for up and coming Irish acts to showcase their talent.”

The focus of the competition, along with making and sharing great music, is to successfully market your band online, using the power of social media. This is a battle of the bands that is not just about voting; it’s a complete social media experience.

HOW TO ENTER Red Bull Bedroom Jam:

Fledgling Irish bands (all members aged 17+, with one member aged under 25), can upload a video to the competition website www.redbullbedroomjam.ie, and from February 27th all activity or ‘buzz’ will then be monitored and displayed in a league format on the bi-weekly Bedroom Jam Buzz Chart. Bands will be encouraged to share and promote their music online, which in turn generates buzz and moves them up the league table.

The six bands which generate the most ‘buzz’ will be filmed live from the comfort of their own homes, while the world watches online. From those six, three will be chosen by Red Bull’s panel of expert judges to perform at the biggest Irish music festivals of 2012, including Sea Sessions.

Finally, one band will be crowned winners at a live final next Autumn, winning a week long recording session 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!

LAMA AWARDS:
The 2012 Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Awards have announced that Sea Sessions are among the finalists for the Best Tourist Attraction category.

At the launch LAMA spoke about how they are once again “delighted to bring forth the LAMA Awards, now in their sixth year, where we hope to further highlight and recognise excellence at local, county and national level.”

The annual LAMA Awards ceremony commends individuals, initiatives, private companies and people, for their outstanding contributions and projects of benefit to the community.

Sea Sessions co-organiser Daniel Brown explains,

“Failte Ireland have been hugely supportive of what we have created here in Bundoran. They have helped us every step of the way to grow and promote Irelands biggest beach party. The local Council in the town have been really progressive as well. It is only with forward thinking support like this that award winning events like Sea Sessions can thrive”

IRISH FESTIVAL AWARD:

The Sea Sessions team had the honour of scooping the award for Best Small Festival at last year’s Irish Festival Awards and once again we have been nominated for six gongs and would like your VOTE. The Irish Festival Awards honour the organisers and people behind the scenes of the Irish Summer festivals.

Sea Sessions has been shortlisted in the following categories:

Best Small Festival, Best Line-up, Best Family Festival, Social Responsibility Award, Best Service Award, and Best Toilets!

To be in with a chance of getting your hands on Sea Sessions tickets along with tickets to all the other Irish festivals, vote for Sea Sessions at www.irishfestivalawards.ie and you could be in with a chance of going to every festival that wins an award. Voting closes 31st January, so get in there and VOTE NOW!

This year’s festival will play host to another finely-tuned mix of Irish and international acts, with the line-up to be announced at the end of March. It will also showcase some of the top surfers from around Europe who will be pitted against Ireland’s finest surfing talent in The Sea Sessions Expression Session.