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On Friday 8th May an enthusiastic audience in St George’s School hall enjoyed exciting performances from six youth bands competing in Battle of the Bands 2015.
Funk band ATLAS won the highly coveted ‘Best Original Performance’ for their own song ‘Free’, to become Harpenden Band of Bands 2015. They win a Studio Recording Session at Grand Chapel Studios, Tring, courtesy of owner Anneliese Shaw and producer Michael Pearce.
Six piece rock band, One Year Left won ‘Best Cover Performance’ for their rendition of ‘Lonely Boy’ by the Black Keys, winning tickets to see McBusted in their ‘Alive@Delapre 2015’ concert in Northampton, courtesy of Harry and Izzy Judd.
The other bands taking part were Switchblade Attitude, The Whales, Soul Revival and Red Horizon – all under eighteens from Sir John Lawes, Roundwood Park and St George’s senior schools.
Voice of ‘BBC Three Counties Radio’, Gareth Lloyd, presented the event, sharing his experience of working with ‘BBC Introducing’ to help launch the careers of musicians like Jake Bugg, Rizzle Kicks and James Bay. Gareth was joined by four celebrity judges: Kate Mullins and Emma Smith from the internationally acclaimed Vintage-Swing-Punk group The Pupinni sisters, music producer Michael Pearce and Anni Williams, voice coach for Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor.
The judging was executed X Factor style, with judges giving their feedback in front of the live audience. The judges were impressed with the talent of the bands and were delighted to see a vast range of home-grown young talent from Harpenden. During the judges’ deliberations, the audience were treated to a surprise guest performance by singer songwriter and St. George’s school student Emma McGrath, who has recently performed at the legendary 100 Club in London.
The event was organised by Harpenden Lions Club to raise money for the Eyes Alight appeal for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) and Lions Charities. The Eyes Alight funds will go towards new facilities at Kent House in Aylesbury, a specialist residential centre providing continuing rehabilitation and specialist care and support for people with acquired brain injury. Harpenden Lions Club will donate their share of the proceeds to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
The Eyes Alight appeal was set up by Izzy Judd and her family after her brother Rupert Johnston suffered serious brain injury in a near fatal car accident. Rupert received expert rehabilitation from BIRT and is a resident at Kent House.
For more information on the Eyes Alight Appeal please visithttp://www.thedtgroup.org/support-us/appeals/eyes-alight.aspx
Winning Band details:
Best Cover Performance – ‘One Year Left’ playing ‘Lonely Boy’ by Black Keys. Band members: Mark Burrell (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Stan Green (Backing Vocals/Guitar), Harry Osborne (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals), Barney Weightman (Bass/Backing Vocals), Kris Dodd (Keyboards), Tom Slack (Drums).
Best Original Composition and Performance – ‘ATLAS’ playing ‘Free’. Band members: Arthur Diesbecq (Guitar/Bass and Vocals), Ben Ephgrave (Piano/Saxophone), Brady Hull (Guitar/Bass), Harry Osborne (Guitar/Vocals), Alex Price (Drums).
Band members must be full time students at a local senior school and aged 18 or under. Here are the 6 bands that competed for the title ‘Harpenden Band of Bands 2015’:
ATLAS (Funk/ Indie Rock)
The Whales (Rock) – winners of ‘Best Cover’ performance in 2014
Soul Revival (Soul Retro)
One Year Left (Pop/ Rock)
Switchblade Attitude (Pop/ Punk)
See the bands profiles on the Harpenden Battle of the Bands Facebook page.
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