#MAH2018 Unsigned Band Competition - Meet the Finalists!

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Then there were FIVE!

This competition has been fierce! Our voting system was pushed to its limits with over 5000 votes rolling in over 6 tense days and nights.

The public votes have now been verified, with the top THREE contestants flying straight through to the final stage of the competition. In addition, our special guest judges have each hand picked their favourite acts, pushing our other TWO finalists through to the final! Read on to find out which FIVE talented acts will be put in front of the Happy Mondays and will still be in with a chance of supporting them on stage at Lindisfarne Festival this summer!

It’s time to meet the finalists… 

(drum roll please!)


Meet Deep.Sleep, an alternative/indie-pop band from Newcastle upon Tyne, that can be described as 'The 1975 meets Sundara Karma'! They gain attention through their catchy and anthemic songs which radiate feel-good vibes and captivate audiences live. Meet Deep.Sleep, an alternative/indie-pop band from Newcastle upon Tyne, that can be described as 'The 1975 meets Sundara Karma'! They gain attention through their catchy and anthemic songs which radiate feel-good vibes and captivate audiences live. 

Since the release of their debut single ‘1994’, which received airplay from BBC Introducing, the band has been championed by NME, Gigwise and Fred Perry as well as the likes of local heroes Spark Sunderland, Spotlight Music UK and Nova Radio - and are looking to continue representing Newcastle's vibrant music scene!

The band have been making even bigger waves in their local scene, with consistently sold out headline shows under their belt as well as playing alongside the likes of King No-One, Cassia, Judas, Mint and Clay, as well as festivals such as Tramlines and Kendal Calling 2017. 



Meet DOPESICKFLY - who bring a unique fusion of grooves that elevate crowds & leave them wanting more Funk!

Froming in 2015 and have since  made waves across the UK music scene. The bands distinctive sound and look is a result of five unique musicians coming together to create an extraordinary fusion.

Rehearsing original songs in the streets of Glasgow, Scotland, was the sound board and birth of the band. Since then, Dopesickfly have rubbed shoulders with some huge acts and supported the likes of Big Country, Kool & The Gang, Sugar Hill Gang, Pronto Mama, Raleigh Ritchie, The Milk, Kobi Onyame and Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5.

Their lyrically explosive, musically diverse, funk/rock hybrid emanate an upbeat feel good vibe. With a confidence and power they are encouraging & sing of life connecting to all ages. They are Encouraging & sing of life connecting to all ages making music for everyone, making their live sets mesmerizing.



FOXTRAP are an enticing recipe of indie, electronica, techno and a large dash of soaring, hypnotic female vocals. Their live shows take you on a winding journey, from ambient and smooth, to soaring ecstasy, to high energy infectious synth beats, pulsing bass and explosive crescendos. This is amplified by entrancing live visuals that engulf your senses and lull you into a trance. Leading lady Helen commands the stage, wearing ethereal outfits designed to enhance her mesmerising, seductive swaying, leaving the audience completely at the mercy of her haunting, climactic vocals.

Debut single Kontrol was championed by BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Amazing Radio and received syncs with US shows ‘Girlfriends Guide To Divorce’ and ‘Unreal TV’. Their track Boxes recently featured on Amazon’s ’The Grand Tour’, and all 4 tracks from the EP featured in the top ten of ‘Fresh On The Net’ by BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson. In 2017 they played 19 shows including a UK tour in support of their ‘Brother’ EP where they completely sold out of EPs and merchandise, and festivals such as Liverpool Sound City, TT Festival, Mugstock Festival and Lindesfarne Festival. Previous years saw them perform at The Cavern Club, O2 Academy, Monarch Club in Berlin and 100 Club London.



Sara n Junbug are a indie/pop band from in and around the Glasgow area. Originally a duo when formed in 2015 and in the past 3 years they have grown the band in size, sound and confidence!

Hear their musical influded from greats such as Ed Sheeran, birdy, biffy clyro, frightened rabbit and many many more!

After recently releasing their album 'I Cant Stand' and earlier this year playing at the O2 in Glasgow these guys have continued their growth and only time will tell where this will lead them! 



Meet the New Wave/Britpop 6-piece group, Social Room! With no nonsense catchy tunes, influenced by the most established Brit-pop & New Wave groups of the 90's. These guys have conquered Sunderland and are expanding! 

They boast undeniably pleasing vocals, catchy lyrics and riffs; and the dynamics of their sound is unthwarted with the inclusion of synths. Bringing back much of that classic sound and more with the added flavour of modern indie groups.

Establishing themselves over the past year and a half around the North East with some great festival gigs, most recently under The Farm & Happy Mondays, many saying Social Room were the buzz of the day.




Meet your guest judges...


Founding Director of This Is Now Agency a forward-thinking Bookings, Management and Events Company.

Working with both established and emerging acts, This Is Now specialise in booking singular shows as well as full, perfectly routed tours throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond. They have worked with Lindisfarne Festival over the years to secure acts for the lineup such as Skinny Lister, Beans On Toast, Too Many T's & more.

"Our team specialise in guiding artists as they make their way through the music industry at any level and we pride ourselves on working well with existing management teams to continue the growth of upcoming acts. We very much believe in fulfilling artists’ personal ambitions and ensure that the next steps made are the correct strategic decision for a successful music career."

This Is Now continues to work very closely with a wide range of Promoters, Festivals and Creative Agencies to deliver unique entertainment and experiences throughout the year. They also actively host and promote their own This Is Now Agency events around the UK, featuring acts from their roster as well as showcasing other upcoming talent. 



(from Smoove & Turrell)

Smoove started out as a DJ in the early '90s before becoming a producer and remixer, radio presenter and frontman for the funk band Rubberneck - releasing two solo albums on Acid Jazz in the mid-2000s. Shortly after came the uniting of Smoove & Turrell! With their 2007 debut single "I Can't Give You Up," a split release with Torpedo Boyz on German label Club Tikka, sold out almost instantly! The international reknown, award winning band with their songs showing the highs and the lows of life and the hard times realism of some of the lyrics is tempered by the irrepressible dancefloor euphoria of others.

Having graced the Lindisfarne Festival mainstage in both 2015 & 2017, Smoove knows what it takes to please a North East festival crowd and he thinks Foxtrap have what it takes too!


What happens next?

It's now time to hand over the finalists to our Friday headliners / competition judges Happy Mondays, who will check out all the acts & listen to their music before deciding who will win our mega prize package and a mainstage set at Lindisfarne Festival 2018!


The winner will be announced on Monday 16th July.


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