Band battle heats up for finals
THE finalists have been decided and things are heating up ahead of the Tweed Battle of the Bands 2016 final this week.
Heat One of this year's battle, which was held at The Lake Cabarita on April 10, saw Pottsville's Marlon McDonald and friends and Gold Coast bands Crowded Penguins and Weather Permitting, voted through to the finals. Kingscliff band Goodbye Gravity also made it through after winning the People's Choice award.
The second heat, held at Murwillumbah High School's Elliott Centre on April 11, saw a strong demonstration of skilled musicianship as bands vied for a place in the finals.
Indie rockers Project Jurassic, from Lennox Head, and Gold Coast rock band Uncaged were both named finalists from the second heat.
Co-organiser Jenny Unwin said the two heats were fabulous.
"We had a really good range," she said.
"Heat one in Cabarita had a very supportive crowd on the day and everybody really got into the music."
Ms Unwin said influences from the 70s and 80s shone through in the first heat.
"It was a great atmosphere and great energy."
She said competitors in Heat Two were "very theatrical" and impressed the judges with a "great use of the stage".
People's Choice winners Goodbye Gravity had drawn a massive crowd to the first heat.
"They've got very strong local support which is great," Ms Unwin said.
"We're encouraging people to come out and really get behind these young people."
The winner will land $1000 and entry to Buskers By the Creek Festival and Bluesfest Busking Competition.
Finalists will battle it out at Kingscliff TAFE this Friday from 6pm.
Entry $10 at the door.