The Fast Track to FIB Heineken competition kicked off in spectacular style this month as over 1000 bands registered and uploaded their music in an attempt to win a slot at this year’s Benicássim festival in Spain.
For the second year running, Vince Power has partnered up with rapidly emerging youth music brand Supajam, to find Europe’s newest super-group, and so far the response has been phenomenal! The contest allows bands to submit their music online and a careful selection process follows (see below) before the final 5 bands battle it out at a live showdown in Piccadilly’s The Pigalle Club. Voting doesn’t officially start until May 16th but with so much interest in the upload stage of the competition, Supajam are preparing themselves for the inevitable onslaught from bands’ fans.
Having already confirmed a monumental line up including The Killers, Oasis, Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand, Paul Weller, Lily Allen, Glasvegas, Maximo Park, The Horrors, 2 Many DJ’s and Elbow fans have come to expect bands of the very highest calibre, so its no wonder that competition for a slot on the Benicássim bill is fiercer than ever.
Last year’s winner JKLMNO have taken massive steps forward since taking home the ‘Fast Track to FIB Heineken’ crown. Since winning the contest they have recorded a live studio session for the BBC and seen their music featured as the ‘Windows Media download of the week’. Set to record a single for physical release in August with Manic Street Preachers’ producer Greg Haver in the Manics' own private studio, many are tipping them as one to watch for 2009.
Other finalists from last year were Doll and the Kicks who have since supported Morrissey on his European tour and Irish rockers CODES, who shared the stage with Keane on their UK tour.
If you want a chance to perform the gig of your lifetime visit http://www.supajam.com now!
…The clock is ticking.
The selection process works like this…
May 15th – Closing date for artists to upload their tracks to the Supajam website.
May 15th – May 30th – All tracks are released to the public on the Supajam website and the first round voting commences.
June 1st – June 12th – The top 40 acts are revealed on the Supajam website.
June 15th – The 5 finalists are announced.
June 23rd – The battle of the bands at the Pigalle Club.
July 19th – The winners play at this years FIB Heineken festival!