Kick-start is becoming like an elder statesman in music circles within Northern Ireland. Every year it offers musicians an opportunity to win a package of awesome things that will help 'kick-start' their careers. From recording, to video, to gigs, it is a great package for the winner to receive, and great experience for those who don't.
This years shortlist was announced and the talent on the list is intense. Some of the bands here we have seen first hand, and they are awesome. Whoever wins this will have their work cut out rising above a stellar line up.
We are honoured to have been asked to join the judging panel, but in truth this is going to be one hell of a hard thing to do. Picking between some of these acts is going to be nearly impossible. But thanks to Chordblossom for letting us throw our expertise into the ring and we cannot wait to see the final of this years competition.