It’s true, I seen it with my own eyes. Population Four have managed to beat off 180+ bands to be crowned the 1st ever winners of Ready To Rumble Unsigned. Seriously… MASSIVE Congratulations to the guys. They worked real hard and had to fight off a lot of great competition.
Where do I even begin to start…. Well I find it only fair to start from the beginning. For those of you who know me, I’m useless at writing these things and I am sure by now a lot of you have worked out that I was last in the queue when getting grammar and spelling skills so I just tell it how I see it. I think I can safely speak for all the RTR team when I say this whole event has been better than any of us expected. Yes there was ups and down, arguments, frustrations, late nights, long meetings but in the end it paid off and it worked out better than we ever had hoped. We always aimed high with this event, but usually you aim high as you tend to fall short… not this time. We set the event up and put a lot on the line to make this work, we pushed some boundary’s and called in some favours. It didn’t take long to start getting attention from some big names, who all wanted to help us make this a success. But without the bands and fans, the event would just be another gig that everyone has seen before. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You to each and every single one of you for your support.
One of our biggest sponsors (Monster Energy) has showed us some massive support and helped out at every night and provided the crowd, bands, organisers and guests with a BOOST but not only did we have Monster onboard to make this event such a success we had some other big names such as Ibanez, Laney, Tama, Zildjan, Rotosound, Evans and VideoInk who all helped us make this event such a success.
All heats were put on in the Club room of 53Degrees which seen great crowds down to all heats to support the music. We got a call from the venue on the morning of the final, We had almost SOLD OUT and it looked like a lot of fans were going to lose out when turning up on the door. We made the call to move to the larger 1,500 capacity room down stairs :0 The perfect end to such a great event.
Once again, all 4 bands played some of the best sets I have heard in a while and it was clear the crowd were loving every band and having a great time. Unfortunately I had so much running around to do, I could only fully catch a song or 2 from each band and I seriously though it could have been anyone’s night. Massive Kudos to all the bands for all the support they have shown the event.
In a recent change, we decided there would be no 4th place. The bands were of such high quality, they all deserved to win. Coming joint 3rd place (in no particular order) were Prairie Dogs and March who both grab themselves a free Photo shoot with ROP Records and some store Credit at HW Music. In 2nd place, also winning the prizes above plus some studio time provided at Shirehead Studios with Electric Sugar Recordings are Barrow Metallers ‘Beyond Betrayal’ who also receive extended online distribution via ROP Records which will cover 2 releases.
In 1st place and crowned winners of RTR2011, POPULATION FOUR who go away with a whole bunch of goodies. £1500 worth of gear from Ibanez, Laney, Tama, Zildjan. A year supply of Rotosound strings for both guitarists and bass player, that’s 48 sets for each guitarist and 12 sets for bass (Provided by Rotosound Strings). A Set of Evans Batter Heads + Custom bass skin provided by Evans A Professional Music Video by VideoInk. 3 years online distribution via ROP Records. A weekend recording at Anchor Studios and a band photo shoot from
For everyone who is wondering what is next from the team who gave you RTR. Well, if you were at the final you would have heard that thanks to all you guys, we will be doing it all again next year \m/ keep your eyes open for details coming in the following months . For those who can’t wait to next year, we may have something in store for you in the coming months to feed your thirst for rock/metal so don’t stray too far.