Kickstart 2016 – Shortlist

by / February 15, 2016


This year we received over 90 entries to our Kickstart competition which is quite frankly astounding. What made it even more special was that a lot of the bands or musicians were new to us and the quality was extremely high. As you can imagine it was extremely difficult for our team to narrow the list down to a shortlist of just twenty.


Without further ado, we are pleased to announce that the following musicians/bands have made it through to the next stage:-

All Of Your Ruins


Black Mono

Brand New Friend

Cora Kelly


Dandelion Tea

Ink Spelt Death

Joe Rocks

Karis Fitch

Monkey Bath


Roscoe’s Riot

Saturn Sundown

Shadow Police

Shoot The Messenger

The Crossfire Hurricanes

The Steve Experiment


We Turned, We Drew

*Little Arcadia were originally in the top twenty but are now unable to play the showcase gig on 10th March. They have been replaced by Monkey Bath.

Shortlist Judging Panel

A massive congratulations to those who have made it through to the next stage. Rather than using a public vote like in previous years, the four finalists will be decided by an independent panel of judges.

– Lauren Bird – 2015 Kickstart Winner
– Charlotte Dryden – Oh Yeah Music Centre
Mark Dunn – Gigging NI
– Stevie Lennox – The Thin Air
– Christopher McBride – The Metaphorical Boat
– Jonathon Traynor – Belfast Metalheads Reunited
– Sean O’Neill – Redbeard PR
Matt Bishop – NI Music
– Paul Brown – MPC Music Group
Lucy Skerritt – Generator NI
– Aaron Drain –
– Nikki MacRae – Hidden Machine

Timeline For The Competition ► 

– Monday 22nd February 2016 – 4 Finalists Announced
– Thursday 10th March 2016 – Showcase Gig & Winner Announced

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sponsored the competition this year. We highly recommend these organisations should you require their services:

 Professional Career Advice – Courtesy of Third Bar Artist Development
► Single Recording – Courtesy of Millbank Studios
►  Video for your Single – Courtesy of Dog Kennel Productions
 Festival Slot – Courtesy of Stendhal Festival of Art
 First Play of your Single – Courtesy of Electric Mainline
 CD Duplication – Courtesy of Botanic Media
 Single Artwork – Courtesy of This Is Work
 Professional Photoshoot – Courtesy of Ciara McMullan Photography
 Support Slot in Portrush – Courtesy of Atlantic Live Lounge
 Single Stocked in Shop & In-store performance – Courtesy of Head Belfast
 Support Slot in Derry/Londonderry – Courtesy of Bennigans Introducing

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