Three music fans from Sheffield are behind the latest campaign to beat this year’s X Factor winner to the Xmas No 1 Spot in the UK Music Charts.
The campaign called Band Crusade is campaigning to get an Unsigned Uk band to Xmas No 1. The three friends started the campaign after growing tired of the way the music industry is headed. Wes Metcalfe who originally came up with the idea explained “This isn’t just another campaign to get any song to number 1 to spite X Factor, this is a crusade to get UK bands back into the UK charts and give the public the opportunity to choose a hard working band, that write, perform and create their own material from start to finish. The UK has been home to some of the best bands in the world yet these days new bands struggle to get any air play on radio and are excluded from shows such as X Factor and the Voice. We want to fight the corner for these bands and re-introduce the UK public to good music”
The campaign’s website www.bandcrusade.com has showcased 100 UK unsigned bands giving the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite act and who they would like to see at the top of the charts. The 100 featured bands were chosen after 1000’s of bands applied to take part following an online campaign on twitter and facebook and has now been whittled down to the final 20 bands. Voting (which is free) will run until the 1st Decemeber 2012 and can be done on the Band Crusade website. Once a winner has been chosen their track and music video will be recorded and released in time for the Christmas music charts.
Since Band Crusade launched it has gained a lot of interest on twitter and Facebook as well as many people sharing the music on the website. Several people from the music industry have shown their support including Def Leppard’s front man Joe Elliot who messaged the trio to say “I will support this as much as I can and will be telling everyone I know about it, good luck boys”. Singer Sandy Thom and ex member of The Streets, Leo The Lion have also shown their support by tweeting details of the campaign on Twitter.