The second School Jam UK Final took place at the prestigious Dingwalls in Camden on 13 February 2013, and was won by Indigo Sky from Burton and South Derbyshire College in front of a packed crowd, reports Raziq Rauf. They were awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Frankfurt, Germany, in April to perform at Europe’s largest music exhibition, Musikmesse, also winning a full backline of equipment for their college courtesy of the event sponsors, which include Mapex, Paiste, Yamaha, Korg, Ernie Ball and Vic Firth.
On winning, bassist Alex Raworth said: “It’s given us a huge confidence boost as musicians and has pushed our music performances further. I want to be a session musician in the future and this opportunity will be great for my CV and experience, as I have been learning new genres through this competition.”
It was an incredibly close contest, with all the performances up to a high standard on a stage that has boasted the likes of the Foo Fighters, the Strokes and Coldplay in the past. Indigo Sky were pushed hard by a couple of the other bands in particular, but ultimately Chloe Freer’s impeccable vocal talents separating their blend of soulful indie pop from the rest of the pack. With a couple of the bands featuring a bass guitar- playing lead singer, including excellent Irish hard rockers Lipstik Lizards, the future is looking bright for bass.
The young quintet reached the final by uploading their entry to YouTube and won the world’s biggest music competition by beating another seven bands from around the UK. Trips around the world learning new skills along the way, and the potential to become stars of the future lie in store for Indigo Sky now. Good luck to them, and make sure that you remember the name.