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Voting Has Begun For Red Bull Studios Chance For Unsigned Bands To Play Download

Get voting for who you want to play Download Festival this summer. Check out the 15 finalists right here.

A mighty 700 bands entered in total and the top 100 were voted but you guys whilst the final 15 were whitteled down by the judges who are Katie P (Kerrang! Radio Presenter), Rock Sound Magazine Editor Ben Patashnik, Red Bull Records label manager Angie Somerside alongside one of the biggest bands at the moment Don Broco.

The 15 finalists have been announced, the bands have made clips of tracks at the Red Bull Studio’s and fans can vote for their favourites. The top 8 acts will then get to perform on the Red Bull stage at this summer’s Download Festival. 

The top 6 bands through the public votes will get through whilst the final 2 spots will be chosen as ‘wildcards’ and favouries by the judges.  Here are the 15 finalists and their videos.

The first 6 winners will be announced this Saturday (25th) at 5pm and the final 2 judges wildcards will be announced via studio instagram @RedBullStudiosLondon. Good luck to all the bands! Make up your mind and vote here.  But be quick you’ve not got long to vote!

Forever can wait 

Female fronted Southampton based Forever Can Wait have spent the last few years gigging around their home town but is it time they branched out!? With an EP out later this year maybe it’s time!


Scottish boys Akord have been likened to an eclectic mix of bands to describe their blend of jazzy riffage. ‘Carry The Sound’ got them this far can you be ambiently charmed into voting for … too?


Semperfi are a metal band from all the way up in Aberdeen who have already supported the likes of Chimaira in their hometown. They’ve got a debut album but only your votes will get them to Download!

Searching Alaska

Fresh off a tour of the UK Essex originals Searching Alaska made it through to the final 15 with their track ‘Our Defences’ which is currently filling British music channels. But has … got your vote?

Surrender The Coast

Hailing from Leicester, Surrender The Coast have been a hardcore band since 2009. With two releases, UK tours and a European tour already in their past they won you over with ‘The Devil You Know’ but has … got what it takes?

Falling With Style

Welsh post-hardcore boys Falling With Style have seen nothing but advance since the release of their EP ‘Tides’ in 2012 which included the track you voted for ‘Contingency’. With another EP on the cards has … won you over.

Sky Valley Mistress

Sky Valley Mistress are a ‘rock and roll’ trio with a lot of classic influences such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. They describe themselves as “the best thing you’ve never heard” but will they impress you enough for a vote?!

Liberty Lies

Liberty Lies are a five piece alternative rock band who have already shared the stage with the likes of Halestorm and Shinedown. Having just released their debut album ‘Reflections’ is it enough to get them to Download?!

We Are Carnivores

Currently residing in the North We Are Carnivores are bringing the fun to Red Bull with their alt-punk blend. With their recently released EP ‘So Distasteful’ bringing the title track to the competition what do you think of ….?

I’ll Stay In Memphis

Manc boys I’ll Stay In Memphis are a post-hardcore outfit with new EP ready for this spring they got you with ‘Dendropendency’ has … got what it too?

We Caught The Castle

It seems female fronted bands are out in full force this year. We Caught The Castle are five piece from Reading. Have they got enough to stand out from the crowd, only you can decide!

Lower Lands

Lincoln lads Lower Lands are an alt-rock group who are constantly on the move with European and U.K tours already under their belt and their a new E.P ‘Canvas’ out in a month. ‘Eat The Rich’ got them this far so check out … and see if they deserve your vote.


Nottingham based Lacey are an alternative pop-rock band who already have two EP’s to their names so far ‘What Use Is Wasting Time’ and ‘Chapters’ both released last year. They’ve already supported The Blackout and played Hit The Deck Festival. Is Download the next chapter in this bands life?

Press To Meco

If they aren’t hiding in their practice room in Croydon Press To Meco are out playing as many shows as possible. The prog-rockers have recently released their EP ‘Affinity’ and it was that title track that won you over the first time has … got what it takes.

Tu Amore

Since forming just two years ago Peterborough based Tu Amore have already supported stars such as Mallory Knox and Enter Shikari. Can they follow in their tour buddies footsteps. It’s your decision!

Written by: Amber Carnegie and Rhian Westbury

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