BOTB new posterBy Tom Renhard

The annual Battle of the Bands competition is about seeing what the best of UWE has to offer in musical talent across a variety of genres! It is free entry for all acts with a cash prize for the winner. All heats will be free entry to anyone wishing to come and watch and enjoy some quality live music across four of UWE’s campuses.

Heat dates:
1. Tuesday 19th February 2013 – Frenchay Campus: Red Bar, 7:45 p.m.
2. Thursday 21st February 2013 – St. Matt’s Campus: Student Union Bar, 7:45 p.m.
3. Tuesday 26th February 2013 – Glenside Campus: Student Union Bar, 7:45 p.m.
4. Thursday 28th February 2013 – Bower Ashton Campus: Student Union Bar (Solo/Duet Acts only), 5:00 p.m.
5. Elimination Heat: Tuesday 5th March 2013 – Frenchay Campus: Red Bar, 7:45 p.m.
6. Final – TBC!!

Each act will get twenty minutes to show the judges and the crowd what they have to offer with a warning given when there is five minutes left of the set. Afterwards, judges will offer some remarks on the performances, which will be made up of staff, committee members of the Live Music Society, officers from the Student Union Executive, and invited guests.

There will be four judges at each heat, counting for 20% of the vote each (80% total). The final 20% of the vote in the heats will be decided by the crowd who will be given a voting slip on entry to the venue. To ensure fairness for all bands competing, crowd members that want to vote are asked to be at the venue and have collected a voting slip by the time the first act starts. For the final the weight of the crowd vote will be increased, all the more reason to come along and support your favourite musicians!

After all the acts have performed, voting will be open for approximately 15 minutes for the crowd, after which, it will shut off and there will be entertainment that has been arranged by the Live Music Society. During this time the votes will be counted and the verdicts of the judges collected to determine the winner of the heat.

The winner of the heat will go straight through to the final (details TBA) and the runner-up will go through to the Elimination Heat on Tuesday March 5th in Red Bar, Frenchay Campus (7:45 p.m.), for an extra chance to go through to the final of Battle of the Bands. At the Elimination Heat, three of the current Student Union Sabbatical Officers will be judging so this is an event not to be missed (To be confirmed)!

You can find the event on Facebook too. 

For the Frenchay heat it will be Lock-In prices from 5 p.m and at Bower Ashton from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Escape with the same in Red Bar from 7:30 p.m. for the Battle of the Bands Heat, which means drinks from just £1!

Come along and get involved in what will be a truly amazing event!