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Skullcandy® Kicks Off The STAYLOUD Showdown Series, Shining Light On Los Angeles Emerging Music Artists

PARK CITY, Utah, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On Thursday, April 6th, Skullcandy, the leading performance and youth culture audio brand, kicked off the first tour stop of the STAYLOUD Showdown series—a premier platform for emerging artists to win the opportunity to perform on the Skullcandy stage at this summer’s Vans Warped Tour.

The first round of competition took place at The Berrics, the iconic skate park located in Los Angeles. Three LA-based up-and-coming bands, Forget Your Friends, The Knits, and Kid Bloom performed against the urban-inspired backdrop of the private indoor skate park owned by legendary pro skaters, Steve Berra and Eric Koston. To close out the night, one of Billboard’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know”, Lewis Del Mar, gave an electrifying performance that lived up to the hype.  

The winners of the first STAYLOUD Showdown series are Forget Your Friends. They stunned the crowd, dominated online voting, and secured their place as Skullcandy’s STAYLOUD Showdown Los Angeles representative.

“Our goal for the series is to provide a platform that creates awareness for talented emerging bands across the country. It’s exciting to see how enthusiastic and supportive our community reacted to the first STAYLOUD Showdown event,” said Skullcandy’s CEO, Jason Hodell. “We received far more online votes than expected and a surprisingly large influx of submissions from incredible bands looking to catch their big break.”

The next stop in the STAYLOUD Showdown is on May 16th at The Mohawk in Austin, Texas, before the series moves to its final stop at The Knitting Factory in New York on June 6th. Hopeful bands looking for a shot at the stage can submit their applications through Skullcandy’s website.

For STAYLOUD Showdown news, venue lineups, winning bands, and other updates, follow @Skullcandy on social media. For information on how your band can compete in the Skullcandy STAYLOUD Showdown, visit

About Skullcandy®
Founded at the intersection of music, sports, technology, and creative culture, Skullcandy creates world-class audio and gaming products for the risk-takers, innovators, and pioneers who inspire us all to live life at full volume. From new innovations in the science of sound, to collaborations with up-and-coming musicians and athletes, Skullcandy lives by its mission to inspire life at full volume through forward-thinking technologies and ideas, and leading-edge design and materialization. Skullcandy designs, markets, and distributes audio and gaming headphones, and other accessory-related products under the Skullcandy and 2XL brands. The Company’s products are sold and distributed through a variety of channels around the world from its global locations in Park City, Tokyo, Zurich, Vancouver and Mexico City, as well as through partners in some of the most important cultural and sports hubs in the world.

About The Vans Warped Tour®
The Vans Warped Tour®, presented by Journeys®, is well known as America’s longest running touring music festival of the summer. Since 1995, the tour has been a showcase for both established and up and coming talent, across a wide range of eclectic sub-genres. The tour has also cemented its place in history by bringing alternative rock and skate culture from the underground to the forefront of global youth culture, while at the same time helping those in need through non-profit and eco initiatives. Now in its 23rd year, the 40-date tour will commence June 16th in Seattle, WA and end on August 6th in Los Angeles, CA.