Bands rock out on stage for big prizes
Stage is all set for the big night
By the time the rock expedition reaches the club in the early hours of the evening they find the stage has been readied, the sound system put on air and people were already buzzing around the venue hoping for a soonish start of the show. 20 minutes onwards the stage was occupied by an official presenter of the event Eric Wels who announced the the band contest open, welcomed the audience and guests and gave an encouraging speech to the four young bands, two of which would be making a débuting appearance on stage tonight.
Rock School/MwB presenter opens the event at Havana Summer Club, Skopje
Sublime 6 were first to perform on the night
Young crowd at the concert
Schism perform on stage
We're midway through the official bill and the two remaining bands brace themselves for their first encounter with the audience. First on are Astral Dreamers, a young hopefuls fronted by a female vocalist of enormous talent. They run through their short set of original songs having previously been introduced to the crowd by their coach-mentor. By the time they finish their three-song repertoire they are freed from the grips of stage fright and cheered on by the supportive crowd they come to the full potential of the musicianship leaving nothing to be desired.
The Suck of Psychotic debutes on stage
Another short set is seen by Ambassador newcomers The Suck of Psychotic who played two original songs bursting with emotional vigour from their female vocal buttressed against curious instrumental set-up. Both newcomer bands lived up to the expectations and the fans acknowledged their talent by cheers and shouts.
Astral Dreamers make their first ever appearance as a new band
In the meantime guest bands took turns on stage and entertained the crowd and the Rock School staff put CD compilation from 4 bands recorded just days before the event in Skopje on grabs.
The Mighty Munchkins performed as a guest band
Babylon United set the stage on fire
Jury announces the winners
Astral Dreamers won the *Unplugged Award*: a week of songwriting, arranging and unplugged performance in Skopje in October 2014, and a week of performing in Berlin. On this track, the focus will be on songwriting and arranging, especially for unplugged performances. This band will be paired with Schism;
The Suck of Psychotics won the *Senior Band Award*: a tour of Berlin in October 2014 and a recording week in the Netherlands in the spring of 2015. On this track, the focus will be on performance and studio recording.
3 competing bands take their prizes on stage
The Ambassador Bandwagon rolls on, next stop Berlin Tour in October 6-13 for two Ambassador Bands The Artchitects and The Suck of Psychotic. We will be reporting live from the event and posting exclusive material so stick with us.