Musicians gather to battle

More than 100 people attended the Battle of the Bands last April, with rock band The Bucket Boys taking first prize.

Families and friends gathered at the Hornsby Mall to watch Dirty Spells, The Bucket Boys, Sly Robin, St.Ation, Tina Reslan, Top 100 performer Blake Williams, Caleb F Chavez, and Justin Webber.

Artists with rudimentary experience grabbed their microphones and gave impressive performances.

With 10 minutes each to show the best of their abilities, the acts used iconic songs to highlight their music talent.

First prize included two paid gigs at Hornsby Inn, 10 three-hour recording sessions from Blackwall Studios, $250 from Turramurra Music and microphones from RODE.

Experienced singer, Reslan, said showing her passion to a local audience was very rewarding and drove her passion to develop more as an artist.

“I’ve been singing for a long time. I’m in the process of writing my own original songs so I’m happy now that I’ve done this.”

Triple H FM volunteer Jason Milner said every artist and band received three recording passes for Blackwall studios.

Milner said this was the second time a battle of the bands was hosted.

“It’s a great location because it’s in the middle of the mall at peak hour, so a few of the people here tonight probably just stopped because of curiosity,” he said.

“Part of our culture is having to support Australian music, provide a facility to let people get in the industry.

“This event proves quality music is still alive in our community.’’

Sponsors included Home stay Network, RODE Microphones, Turramurra Blackwall studios, and Hornsby Inn.

Milner thanked Hornsby Shire Cr Janelle McIntosh for helping run the event.

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