Young bands ready to battle

Past Battle of the Bands winner, Tasha Zappala. IMAGE: Facebook.

Fancy yourself as a future Bon Jovi? Love shredding it like Hendrix? Entries are now open for Youthfest’s Battle of the Bands 2017. 

With previous winners including The Middle East, Ghosts Over Japan and Tasha Zappala, this year’s entrants will sign their names beside the autographs of some of Townsville’s biggest musical success stories.

The Youth Network NQ Project Manager Rachel Cook said although the competition is a great experience, there are still several spaces left for bands to enter.

“We thought that we would get a really good response, especially as you get a free ticket to Groovin The Moo just for nominating!  We’re not sure if the young people are nervous and don’t think they’re ready,” said Rachel.

“The whole point of the Battle of the Bands is the experience, getting up on stage and giving it a go… You only need three songs!

“Music makes the world go round!  And by providing opportunities such as Battle of the Bands we are nurturing and encouraging our young musicians, giving them a time and space to perform live which is why they do all that practice and most importantly it builds self confidence and friendships.

“We used to run a monthly music event called Untitled and we are hoping that we can resurrect this after Youth Week, as it ran quite successfully for five years and saw heaps of young people perform on our stage.”

The Battle of the Bands is a Townsville National Youth Week event, run alongside other youth-focused events including a Skate Comp and Art Exhibition, hosted by the Youth Network NQ.

“The collaboration between service providers over the years has seen us develop a really strong working group that connects throughout most of the year. Each year we grow the events and add more bits to get young people more involved. It is a heap of fun to work on Youth Week and the biggest success story is the ability for so many organisations to come together to celebrate how awesome young people in Townsville are!”

Check out the Youth Network NQ’s Battle of the Bands and other National Youth Week celebrations at Murray Sporting Complex on Saturday, 1 April.  For more information on the Battle of the Bands or to register, click here.



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