LISTEN: Red Bull Reveals Unsigned Talent Shortlisted To Play Download

Emerging British talent is at the core of all blogs that focus on the best of new music. Red Bull are keen supporters of new UK bands too, and have nominated 15 bands for the chance to win a slot at Download Festival this summer.

The shortlisted acts were chosen by Don Broco, Kerrang! radio‘s Katie P, Rock Sound editor Ben Patashnik and Red Bull Records manager Angie Somerside out of a selection of 100 fan-hyped bands. All 15 artists will record at Red Bull Records’ studio in London before the selection is whittled down further to just 8 finalists who will play Download Festival.

You can listen to all of the shortlist below. Who’s your favourite?

Lower Lands

FROM: Lincoln. INFLUENCES: Reuben, Nirvana, Basement.

Surrender The Coast

FROM: Leicester. INFLUENCES: Alexisonfire, The Ghost Inside, Cancer Bats and more.

Searching Alaska

FROM: Essex. INFLUENCES: Deaf Havana, Sleeping with Sirens, Emarosa

Press To Meco

FROM: West Sussex. INFLUENCES: Biffy Clyro, Coheed and Cambria, Protest the Hero

Tu Amore

FROM: Cambridgeshire. INFLUENCES: Basement, Mewithoutyou, Thrice

We Are Carnivores

FROM: Yorkshire. INFLUENCES: Brand New, Biffy Clyro, Lower Than Atlantis


FROM: Grampian. INFLUENCES: Karnivool, Incubus, Dream Theater and many more.

Falling With Style

FROM: Monmouthshire. INFLUENCES: Alexisonfire, Funeral For A Friend, Thrice

I’ll Stay In Memphis

FROM: Machester. INFLUENCES: The Color Morale, Architects, Underoath


FROM: Aberdeen. INFLUENCES: Metallica, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and more.

We Caught The Castle

FROM: Reading. INFLUENCES: Funeral For A Friend, The Recieving End Of Sirens, We Are The Ocean

Forever Can Wait

FROM: Southampton. INFLUENCES: Fifa (apparently)


FROM: Nottinghamshire. INFLUENCES: Taking Back Sunday, Kids In Glass Houses, You Me At Six

Liberty Lies

FROM: West Midlands. INFLUENCES: Biffy Clyro, Alter Bridge, Coheed And Cambria

Sky Valley Mistress

FROM: Lancashire. INFLUENCES: QOTSA, Kyuss, Led Zeppelin and more.

Who’s your favourite?