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The Sound and the Jury Gives Competing Bands Shot at Center Stage

AUSTIN, TX – August, 14, 2009 – The Sound and the Jury (S&J), a virtual battle of the bands, is back for its 3rd year and will again offer one lucky band the ultimate grand prize: a slot on the Dell Stage at Austin City Limits (Oct. 2-4, 2009). Bands of all genres have a shot at landing the dream gig on the ACL Festival line-up alongside musical heavyweights Sonic Youth, Kings of Leon, Thievery Corporation, Andrew Bird and more. Last year’s winner, The Steps, have since gone on to release an album and go on tour. Who will play the 2009 ACL Festival? It’s up to you.

How it Works

Round One is live now and bands can upload their music at http://delllounge.com/soundandthejury/ to enter the competition. To stay in the game, bands must generate enough votes to land them in the Top 100 by Aug. 28. From there, industry judges will narrow it down to the Top 20, and public voting opens again to determine the Top 5. A live Battle of the Bands on Sept. 30 at Austin’s iconic music venue, Antone’s, is where industry judges and fan votes will determine the band that rocks the hardest. At the end of the multi-round, two-month contest, one worthy band will earn a prize spot on the Dell Stage at the ACL Festival.

What’s at Stake

Each of the five finalists will receive $1,500. The winning band will be listed as part of the official lineup and receive an opening slot on the Dell Stage at the ACL Festival. As an official ACL artist, the winner will get artist passes for the entire weekend with access to catering, the artist lounge, and everywhere else bands get to go. The winning band will also receive promotion on delllounge.com, a 15″ Dell(tm) Studio(tm) laptop, weekend hotel accommodations in Austin, and tickets for some friends the day of the show.

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