Battle of the Bands finals on Saturday night

6 Nov


By Shekinah Aucoin, Bond University Journalism Student

The annual City to Sands Battle of the Bands competition is underway with eight bands including The Iron Eye, Kick the Butterfly and local lads Sons of the Morning ready to take the Coolangatta Hotel stage in the grand final this Saturday.

More than 50 bands competed from throughout Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast for a position in the final eight.

Other finalists include Say Do Now, The Core Vets, Take Me To The North, The Vultures and The Jagaurs. They will battle it out for the $2500 cash prize and recording deal with Heliport Studios.

The judges will also select one of the eight to play The Big Pineapple Festival next year on the Sunshine Coast alongside Grinspoon and Regurgitator, and can also grant band members the chance to win a scholarship to study a Diploma of Music at the Academy of Sound Production worth up to $17,000.

Sons of the Morning, a four-piece alternative rock band from the Gold Coast, formed just last year and have already played alongside Gym Class Hero’s and Spiderbait at the GC6000 Sand Jam.

Vocalist and Guitarist Declan Harsent said the competition is a great opportunity for emerging bands and that the prize will give them a great opportunity to release their second EP.

“I think competitions like this give young bands a great platform to launch themselves on to the local music scene. Win or lose, playing at great venues gives invaluable experience,” Declan said.

“There is definitely a lot of talent bubbling on the Gold Coast, competitions like city to the sands battle of the bands is really important for the Gold Coast music scene.

“To play at such a great venue like the Coolangatta Hotel is very exciting and the fact we get to share the stage with some of the best bands from south east Queensland makes it even better.”

A non-for profit music organization the Circle Project on the Gold Coast mentors, records and launches Gold Coast emerging artists and they worked with Sons of the Morning before the GC600 performance.

Founder Marta Fergiston said that The Sons of the Morning have an amazing vibe to their performance.

“With the age of the band ranging from 18-20 the youthful and vibrant energy of the group ensures the audience is given a show to remember,” Marta said.

City to Sands Battle of the Bands is run by the students of Academy Sound Production, Director of studies Steven Smythe said it is a fantastic opportunity for local bands to kick-start their career.

“It will be a great night, it is a great opportunity for bands to win a music scholarship, a recording session and cash to kick start their career,” Mr Smythe said.

Sound Production student Daniel Webster who organized the event said there were plenty of amazing acts this year and also plans to organize the event again next year.

“The Gold Coast has some great humble acts that have blown us out of the water,” Daniel said.

“I started planning it in June we have put in our own money, everyone is putting so much work into it and no one is making money as it is all about the music.

“Come to the event, come and support local artists that will give them an opportunity to do something that they love as a career.”

The Finals of Battle of the bands is held in the big room at Coolengatta Hotel November 9 from 8pm to 1am. Entry is free.


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