Music students prepare for stardom 

The Sky’s the Limit band members from left: Mason Bland on Guitar, vocalist Michael Little, Drummer Cameron Bartels, Lani Breedon on Keyboard/Synth and Michael McGuirk on Bass

The sky’s the limit for a group of Alice Springs music students who have won a national heat of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam competition, which could send them to London.

The members of the band, “The Sky’s the Limit”, are all VET in Schools students enrolled in the Certificate III Music at Charles Darwin University, and have topped the Bedroom Jam Buzz Chart, which will see the Red Bull Bedroom Jam crew head to the Red Centre.

Drummer Cameron Bartels said the band was excited to have been chosen and could not wait to play their electronic metal to the world as the winners of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam.

As one of the four provisional winners, a professional film crew will travel to Alice Springs to broadcast the band’s set live from their bedroom on Thursday.

“If we get enough votes online we will get to host the final gig for the Red Bull Backyard Jam with a leading high profile band, and the three other finalists competing in a battle of the bands style competition” Cameron said.

“The winner of the Backyard Jam competition will then go to England to record an EP and earn their slot at the ‘download festival’, one of the UK’s largest rock festivals, later this year.”

Cameron said the band would not be in this position without their fans and urged them to tune in on Thursday, and become fans on the Bedroom Jam website to help them bring the gig to Alice Springs.

The online band competition searches Australia for bands with members aged between 14 and 19 years. The Red Bull Bedroom Jam live webcast is on Thursday, 14 April at 4:30pm. To log on visit:

It has been a dream run for “The Sky’s the Limit”, who recently won the Alice Springs heat of the Battle of the Bands and took third place in the finals in Darwin against all finalist bands from across all schools in the NT.

The band won an acoustic electric guitar to add to the new state-of-the-art music studio recently opened on CDU’s Alice Springs campus that will give students hands on, industry-standard experience. CDU Music lecturer Cain Gilmour was very happy with the bands result.

The facilities are already up and running with last year’s winners of the schools’ Battle of the Bands, “The Unknown Artists”, recording material for the first EP at the facility.