King Kartel Kicks Off A Career By Winning Refreshing Sounds Competition

Emma Jane Barlow | 11th June 2015

Last Saturday, King Kartel, a snarly pop band from Manchester won the Manchester Pale Ale’s Refreshing Sounds Competition. In front of a huge crowd of fans, friends and family, King Kartel fought off hundreds of other entries to the competition that was judged by XFM’s Clint Boon, 80 Hertz’s George Atkins and JW Lees’ William Lees-Jones.

The winners headlined the gig and also had their re-mastered version of the winning single ‘Come at me now’ put on the Manchester Pale Ale website for free download. You can watch the music video below.

The Refreshing Sounds event also showcased the two talented runners-up, Strangeways and Feed the Kid who were also from Manchester. The evening was a record turnout for the venue, with fans queuing to enter the gig.

Former Inspiral Carpets member and radio DJ, Clint, said: “There was a cracking turnout for all the lads at Gullivers and the atmosphere was buzzing. This is an exciting time for King Kartel, winning a competition like this is something special. It just shows how much unsigned talent is out there, especially here in Manchester.”

Since being crowned the Refreshing Sounds winners, King Kartel have recorded a professionally mastered version of their winning track ‘Come at me now’ at 80 Hertz recording studios and behind the scenes music video, helping to further the band’s career even more. Producing the track was founder and renowned music producer, George Atkins, who was also on the competition judging panel.

Managing Director of JW Lees, William Lees-Jones, said: “The Refreshing Sounds gig at Gullivers was a great way to celebrate the success of King Kartel’s win and the fantastic talent of the hundreds of nationwide bands who entered our biggest competition yet. The gig itself was awesome and was the perfect end to a great campaign.”

If you like their sound, why not follow King Kartel on twitter here.