I can go either way when it comes to battle of the band competitions.
I’ve judged a few and been to a few and quite often it’s not always the best band that wins, but is that not the way the music industry is sometimes with popularity wining over talent?
However I’m using this post to promote a battle of the bands competition that I feel could make a difference and could probably do more good than harm.
I read once in a national newspaper that battle of the bands style competitions were pointless when there are A&R scouts propping up a bar in every gig venue in the land. Hmmm, not so sure that is the case in the North, in Inverness or the Highlands and Islands as a whole. Events like goNORTH has been a massive boost in turning the spotlight on Highland home-grown talent but most of the time bands, DJs, bloggers and websites from the Highlands have to shout through a collective megaphone to attract more widespread attention.
Starting in January and every Friday and Saturday night in January that megaphone will be held up by Eagle Bar who launch The Highland Battle Of The Bands.
Eighteen slots will be made available at the Baron Taylors Street venue in the city centre for musicians across from the Highlands to showcase their skills where they will be judged by an eclectic pool of local tastemakers and musicians.
The grand finale has been set for Friday 31st January where the victorious band will be presented with a substantial package that includes recording a single at Gargleblast Studios in Hamilton with established producer Andy Miller (Mogwai, The Fratellis) and the shooting of a professional video courtesy of Caithness based film company Big Box Network.
Eagle Bar booker Stuart Thain said “This is a great opportunity for young emerging acts in the Highlands to get involved in and we are delighted with The Eagle for providing this opportunity. We’re sure all the acts and audience taking part will enjoy the events and have fun”.
Interested acts can submit their intent to this by emailing a soundcloud link to email@example.com and stating where they are from in the Highlands, Submissions close Sunday 15th December.
Time for new blood form the Highlands to step forward…