enter the Sound & The Jury

ACL Fest’s Sound & The Jury is a competition going on right now. It’s an online battle of the bands, where bands upload their songs to the Dell Lounge site, get their fans to vote, then the top five play a show here in Austin where a team of industry judges picks the best; winner plays the ACL Music Fest along side great bands like Phoenix and Passion Pit and bigs such as Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon.

Sound & The Jury (S&J), a virtual battle of the bands, is back for its 3rd year and will again offer one lucky band the ultimate grand prize: a slot on the Dell Stage at Austin City Limits Music Festival (Oct. 2-4, 2009). That means bands of all genres have another shot at landing a gig on the ACL Festival line-up alongside Sonic Youth, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mos Def, Passion Pit, Daniel Johnston, Andrew Bird, and many more. Last year’s winner, The Steps, have since gone on to release an album and go on tour. 

Round One is live now and bands can upload their music here to enter the competition. To stay in the game, bands must generate as many votes as possible to land them in the Top 100 by August 28 and then move on to the next round. From there, a combination of industry judges and fan-voting will narrow down the competition to just five finalists who will perform for a live audience in Austin at Antone’s on September 30. At the end of the multi-round, two-month campaign, one lucky and worthy band will earn a prize spot on the Dell Stage at the ACL Festival.

Each of the five finalists will receive $1,500 and a trip to Austin. The winning band will be listed as part of the official lineup and receive an opening slot on the Dell Stage at the ACL Festival. As an official ACL artist, the winner will get artist passes for the entire weekend with access to catering, the artist lounge, and everywhere else bands get to go! The winning band will also receive promotion on delllounge.com, a 15″ Dell Studio laptop, weekend hotel accommodations in Austin, and tickets for some friends the day of show.


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