Voting is now live for one week only (May 17th – 25th) for the 15 bands who have made it through to the semi finals of the Red Bull Studios live at Download 2013 opportunity.


A huge 700 bands entered in total.  The public then voted and 100 of these 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 eight of these bands will make it through to play on the stage at Download 2013 in front of thousands – six 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 Sat May 25th: 6 bands with the highest votes will automatically go through and appear on 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.


The bands:

Searching Alaska from Essex

Press to Meco from Horsham/Croydon

We are Carnivores from Hull

Akord from Grampian, Scotland

I’ll Stay in Memphis from Manchester

Semperfi from Grampian, Scotland

Sky Valley Mistress from Manchester/Lancashire

Lower Lands from Lincolnshire

Surrender the Coast from Leicester

Liberty Lies from Wednesbury

Lacey from Nottingham

We Caught the Castle Reading

Forever can Wait from Southampton

Tu Amore from Cambridge/Peterborough

Falling with Style from Pontypridd




Twitter: @RBStudiosLondon

Instagram: @RedBullStudioLondon

About Linda Heron

London Photographer and News Editor for Planet Mosh.