Battle of the Bands returns

Top musicians will be turning up the volume for the Shetland Young Promoters Group annual Battle of the Bands competition.

The alcohol-free event at Lerwick Legion is now its 8th year and will take place next Friday.

Among the bands confirmed are four-piece rock band Sindewinder, who have been busy recording their debut EP at Mareel.

Newly-formed metal band Krab will also be taking to the stage, as well as local composer Eamonn Watt’s latest musical venture, The One-Man Disco Band.

Watt promises a mix of “high energy 70s disco as well as soulful elements from R&B music”.

Watt, who also chairman of the group, said: “The Shetland Young Promoters’ gigs has always been a fantastic entry point for many young musicians and bands looking to perform at a concert. The Battle of the Bands is certainly no exception.”

The group organises events in conjunction with promoters, technical crews and music industry professionals to learn about aspects of event management.

Isles sound engineer and musician Stevie Hook has been involved with the Battle of the Bands events from conception.

He said: “The Battle of the Bands is a great opportunity for young bands to play in front of an audience and is a good place to start for young musicians. The idea of a non-alcohol event is good and encourages parents and children to come. Each year just gets better and better.”

The group is still looking for young musicians and bands to perform at the event.

To enter visit the SYPG Battle of the Bands 2017 Facebook page.


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