Students to rock out with British India in Alice this weekend 

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

A local Territory band has won a national music competition that will see them host award winning Australian garage rockers British India in Alice Springs this Saturday.

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.

The band was the clear winner in the voting, beating three other finalists, after a professional film crew travelled to Alice Springs to broadcast the band’s set live across the internet as part of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam competition.

Drummer Cameron Bartels said the band had been excited to play electronic metal to the world as the winners of the competition, which could send them to London to record and EP.

As the winners, the band will host the final gig for the Red Bull Backyard Jam with high profile band British India headlining, and the three other finalists competing in a battle of the bands-style competition.

They will also perform before a live audience and a panel of industry experts for their chance to win the prize of a lifetime.

“The winner of the Backyard Jam competition will 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.

He said the band would not be in this position without the support of Alice Springs people and band fans.

The Red Bull Backyard Jam featuring band British India and The Sky’s the Limit will be held from 1:30pm on Saturday, 7 May at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station. For more information visit:

The online band competition searches Australia for bands with members aged between 14 and 19 years.

The band will be in the new industry standard music studio recently opened on CDU’s Alice Springs campus working with music lecturer Cain Gilmour to fine tune their music to give the performance of their lives.

“It is now a one in four shot of playing a massive festival in England let alone recording with such a high profile producer,” Mr Gilmour said. “What an experience if they do win it. Fingers are crossed.”

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.